Bruce Willis ‘extreme mental pain’ amid aphasia diagnosis after failed stunt 20 years ago

Bruce Willis, 67, suffered a head injury two decades ago after a stunt went wrong. The actor’s family announced he was retiring from the film industry after being diagnosed with aphasia.

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Bruce Willis appears in the trailer for the 2022 action film A Day to Die

Bruce Willis was reportedly hit in the forehead 20 years ago after a stunt went wrong.

The actor said in a lawsuit the incident caused “extreme mental, physical and emotional pain and suffering.”

The 67-year-old’s family announced he was retiring from the film industry after being diagnosed with aphasia.

It is not known what caused Bruce’s illness, but it is most commonly caused by a stroke, serious head injury or brain tumor and affects around 350,000 people in the UK.

Stuart F. Wilson, his 17-year-old stunt double, told The Sun: “We had seen some changes. Sometimes when you spoke to him he just seemed distracted and we thought it didn’t mean anything but you would be wondering if there are other things going on.”

Colleagues on the set of White Elephant also noticed that he seemed confused, asking two crew members, “I know why you’re here and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?”

It has also been claimed that Bruce wore an ear piece that reminded him of his lines.

Michael Burns, who directed Out Of Death (2021), reportedly told the screenwriter to keep Bruce’s lines “short and sweet”.



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Then he did another film with Bruce, but that was the last one he wanted to do.

He revealed, “After we were done, I said, ‘I’m not going to do any more Bruce Willis films.’ I’m relieved he’s taking some time off.”

The family issued a joint statement: “To the amazing supporters of Bruce, as a family we wanted to announce that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing a number of health conditions and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia which is affecting his cognitive abilities.

The actor is best known for his role in the Die Hard franchise


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“As a result, and with much deliberation, Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him.

This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support.

“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you, just as you mean to him.

As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that. Love, Emma, ​​Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel & Evelyn.”

Bruce Willis’ family said he was diagnosed with aphasia


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Scott Willis shared a photo of her and her father following the family news.

“Yesterday was so surreal sharing something so personal,” she wrote. “I didn’t know how it would be received, there’s always an unknown when you’re so vulnerable in sharing it with the world.

“I was hoping for some love and compassion, I really could NEVER have foreseen the depth and breadth of love we received as a family yesterday.”

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