Date: 31st March 2022
Actor Bruce Willis will be retiring from acting, according to a joint statement released by his family. The announcement revealed that Willis would be "stepping away from the career that meant so much to him", because he has recently been diagnosed with the cognitive brain disorder known as aphasia.
The condition, which leads to the loss of ability to understand or express speech, was discovered after Willis had been having some health issues.
"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," Willis's family wrote in a caption alongside a photo of him. "As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him."
Willis's family expressed their gratitude to the actor's fans for their "continued love, compassion and support" during this difficult time. They added that they "wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him," before concluding their message with a quote from Willis. "As Bruce always says, 'Live it up' and together we plan to do just that." The note was signed by Willis's daughters - Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn Willis - as well as his wife, Emma Heming Willis, and ex-wife Demi Moore.
Willis made a splash in Hollywood thanks to his 1980s television series “Moonlighting” in which he co-starred alongside Cybill Shepherd, and then moved into action star status thanks to the 1988 landmark film “Die Hard.” He would continue playing John McClane in the “Die Hard” franchise in four subsequent sequels and the third film would see him paired with “Pulp Fiction” co-star Samuel L. Jackson.
Source: Press Release