Veteran Actor, Bruce Willis, Stepping Away from His Acting Career After New Health Diagnosis.
Whether you know him as David Addison Jr. from "Moonlighting", John McClane in the "Die Hard" franchise or Korben Dallas from "The Fifth Element", you've seen the work of actor Bruce Willis. Willis, whose given name is Walter Bruce Willis, has been a staple in Hollywood action movies for decades and he's given us some of the best catch phrases including the iconic "Yippee Ki-Yay Mother F***er" from his 1988 "Die Hard" film.
Today, the 67-year-old actor's family, including his wife Emma Heming-Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore, announced that he's been diagnosed with aphasia.
"With much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him," his family wrote in a joint statement. "This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support."
Willis has five daughters, three with Ms Moore and two with Ms Heming-Willis.
According to The Mayo Clinic aphasia robs people of their ability to communicate. "It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written.
Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from a slow-growing brain tumor or a disease that causes progressive, permanent damage (degenerative). The severity of aphasia depends on a number of conditions, including the cause and the extent of the brain damage.
Once the cause has been addressed, the main treatment for aphasia is speech and language therapy. The person with aphasia relearns and practices language skills and learns to use other ways to communicate. Family members often participate in the process, helping the person communicate.
This comes as such sad news to Willis' fans. We're praying for him and his family.