Bruce Willis retires due to a condition ‘affecting his cognitive abilities’ | Ents & Arts News



Bruce Willis is retiring due to an illness that causes language or speech difficulties, his daughter has said.

Rumer Willis has revealed the Die Hard star, 67, has been diagnosed with aphasia, which she says “affects her cognitive abilities”.

His Instagram post said, “As a result and with great consideration, Bruce steps away from the career that meant so much to him.”

In a message to “by Bruce amazing supporters,” Rumer Willis finished the post, “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it’ and together we plan to do just that.”

The NHS defines aphasia as “when a person has difficulty with their language or speech.

“It is usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain (for example, after a stroke),” the NHS definition says.

Bruce Willis with his model wife Emma
Bruce Willis with his wife Emma Heming Willis

It affects “the four main ways people understand and use language”, i.e. reading, listening, speaking and typing or writing.

Head injuries, brain tumors, or infections can also cause aphasia, the National Aphasia Association says on its website.

It’s unclear what led to Willis’ diagnosis.

Head injuries, brain tumors, or infections can also cause aphasia, the National Aphasia Association says on its website.

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a condition that affects the cognitive abilities of sufferers with the most obvious speech problems.

People with aphasia can make mistakes with the words they use, perhaps using the wrong word, using the wrong sounds in a word, or combining words incorrectly.

Most people with aphasia have speech problems and a mixture of problems with writing, reading and possibly listening.

Speech therapy is the main type of treatment for people with aphasia.

In some cases, this can lead to isolation, anxiety and depression.

A stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, but it can also result from severe head trauma, a brain tumor, or progressive neurological disorders, such as dementia.

Aphasia can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in people over 65. Source: NHS

It is currently unknown what led to Willis’ diagnosis.

Willis gained national attention alongside Cybill Shepherd in the 1980s TV hit Moonlighting.

His first major film role was that of John McClane in the hit Die Hard in 1988.

Willis went on to star in films like Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys and The Sixth Sense.

He also has several film projects in post-production including Vendetta, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye and White Elephant while Fortress 3 is currently in pre-production.

More information on aphasia can be found here


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