Bruce Willis will be “retiring” from his acting career due to health reasons, his family has announced.
The US actor was recently diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that has affected his cognitive abilities.
Willis has acted in hit films including the Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Moonrise Kingdom, 12 Monkeys and Looper.
His family announced the news on social media, saying it’s been a “really challenging time” for them and thanking fans for their “enduring love, compassion and support.”
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, we wanted to share as a family that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia which is affecting his cognitive abilities,” read a statement shared on Instagram.
“As a result, and with much deliberation, Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him.”
Willis married actress Demi Moore in 1987 and had their three eldest children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
The couple separated in 2000 but remained amicable and Willis remarried to actress Emma Heming in 2009.
The couple also have two daughters together, Mabel and Evelyn.
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“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.
“Like Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that.”
The post was signed by Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
Willis has been nominated for multiple awards, including five Golden Globes, of which he has won one, and three Primetime Emmys, of which he has won two.
In 2006 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/bruce-willis-to-step-away-from-acting-career-after-aphasia-diagnosis-41504976.html Bruce Willis retires from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia