Action hero Bruce Willis, star of the “Die Hard” franchise, will retire from acting due to an illness affecting his cognitive faculty, his family announced Wednesday.
A post on Instagram signed by his family said Willis had suffered from aphasia – a language disorder that robs people of their ability to communicate.
“Bruce has had several health problems and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which affects his cognitive abilities,” read the post.
“As a result of this and with a lot of consideration Bruce stepped away leaving a career that meant a lot to him.”
Aphasia is usually caused by a stroke or head injury-although in more rare cases it can come on gradually and progressively.
The condition affects a person’s ability not only to speak and understand verbal communications but also to read and write them.
Willis has been a fixture on small and large screens since the 1980s, coming to public attention with the TV series “Moonlighting.”
But it was as John McClane’s hero in “Die Hard” that he became the lead star of borrowable cinema, sparking a career that has generated billions of dollars of box office receipts.
Willis, who is just 67, provided a voice for the baby in the popular “Look Who’s Talking” and showed off his acting in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”.
But one of her most famous roles over the past few decades has been as the dead man seen by child actor Haley Joel Osment in “The Sixth Sense.”
Willis won a Golden Globe and two Emmys throughout his career, but last weekend was the recipient of an infinite honor – Razzie for “Bruce Willis’ Worst Performance in a 2021 Film,” a specially designed category.
The Instagram post was signed by Willis ’current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, and her children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
“This is a very challenging time for our family and we really appreciate your continued love, compassion and support,” he added.
“We go through this as a strong family unit, and want to bring his fans in because we know how much he means so much to you, as much as you do to him.
“As Bruce always said, ‘Turn on’ and together we plan to do that.”
The reaction to the post was swift from fellow stars.
Jamie Lee Curtis wrote: “grace and courage! Love to you all”, while Cindy Crawford posted a praying hand emoji.
Actress and former co -star Elizabeth Perkins wrote: “Sends a lot of love to you all.”
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