WASHINGTON – Bruce Willis will take a break from acting due to aphasia, a brain disorder that “affects his cognitive abilities,” his family announced Wednesday.
Willis’ family wrote an Instagram post on Wednesday (30 March) saying that he had been “experiencing some health issues” that were “impacting his cognitive ability.”
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” they wrote.
“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” his daughter Rumer Willis said on social media.
According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is a type of brain injury that affects a person’s ability to communicate and comprehend language. It is generally the result of a stroke and leaves sufferers unable to communicate effectively. Aphasia is “quite more common than Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy” and affects almost 2 million people in the United States. According to the group, about 180,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Celebrities began expressing their good wishes and praise for the actor’s efforts as immediately as the news came.
“I have so much love for Bruce Willis and am grateful for every character he’s given us. Hugs and love to you and your entire family, and thank you for sharing him with us.” Austin Powers actor Seth Green wrote.
Comic book creator Rob Liefeld tweeted: “Bless you, Bruce Willis! Prayers for healing and sincere gratitude for sharing your talents with all of us! ”
Deadlock costar Matthew Marsden posted: “I’m very proud to have worked opposite the great Bruce Willis in one of his last movies. This is very sad. Legend.”
Dana Delany, who played Paulie Herman in China Beach, said, “Paulie Herman and Bruce Willis were part of the soul of Café Central in NYC in the ’80s,”
“Thanks for all the movies Bruce Willis,” added record producer Flying Lotus. “Btw his role in Death Becomes Her is one of my fav things he’s done.”