Bruce Willis’ daughter Rumer took to Instagram to make an official statement on behalf of their family, revealing that Bruce is backing down from acting after being diagnosed with apashia, which is a language disorder caused by brain damage that affect the ability to communicate. One of Willis’ last big screen roles came in 2019 motherless brooklyn, which was directed by Edward Norton, while the past few years have seen him maintain a fairly busy schedule, largely in action films and low-budget thrillers. You can check out the message and full statement from the Willis family below.
“To the amazing Bruce supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has had health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. From this and with great consideration, Bruce takes a step away from the career that meant so much to him,” the post read. “This is a really tough time for our family and we so appreciate your continued love, compassion and support. We are going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”
The statement ends with, “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do it. Love, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.”
The actor has amassed an impressive number of credits over the course of his career, with his starring role being the TV series Illegal work, in which he starred alongside Cybill Shepherd. Known more for his comedic sensibilities and chemistry with his co-star, it was a major gamble to enlist Willis to star in the action film. die hard in 1988, only for this to discover a whole new skill in his arsenal, proving himself to be a capable and charismatic action star.
Back in the ’90s, the actor was arguably one of Hollywood’s most beloved and bankable movie stars, starring in projects like the last scout, pulp Fiction, Armageddonand The fifth Element. Collaborations with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan have also earned him critical acclaim in projects like The sixth sense and Unbreakablewith Willis shocking audiences in 2016 with a surprise appearance in Shyamalan’s To divideturning out to be a secret sequel to Unbreakable. Willis reunited with Shyamalan again for 2019 Glass, which concluded the series about characters with otherworldly powers.
Our thoughts are with Willis, his friends and family during this difficult time.