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Bruce Willis to retire from acting after aphasia diagnosis, says his family

Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain and can affect a person’s ability to communicate.

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ACTION HERO BRUCE Willis, star of the Die Hard franchise, is to retire from acting due to illness, his family has announced.

“Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” a post on Instagram signed by his family said.

As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.

The post is signed by Willis’ current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as former wife, actress Demi Moore, and his children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, aphasia often occurs after a stroke or a head injury, and “robs you of the ability to communicate”.

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“It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written.”

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