Bruce Willis to step away from acting after aphasia diagnosis

Bruce Willis is “stepping away” from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia.

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His family made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, People magazine reported.

His wife, Emma Heming Willis, posted to Instagram on Wednesday that her husband had been having some health issues recently and was diagnosed with aphasia, which she said impacts his cognitive abilities.

According to CBS News, aphasia is a language disorder that impacts a person’s ability to communicate.

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He is now stepping away from acting because of the diagnosis.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” Hemming Willis wrote.

Willis got his start on television on the show “Moonlighting” and in films such as “Die Hard” and its sequels, and “Armageddon,” “The Fifth Element” and “The Sixth Sense.”

He also has won awards including a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards.

Willis has several projects in post-production including “Paradise City” and “Corrective Measures,” according to his IMDB page.

Earlier this month, Willis’ ex-wife, Demi Moore, with whom he is still close, shared a photo from his birthday celebration. Moore was listed along with the couple’s daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, as well as Willis’ daughters with his current wife, Mabel and Evelyn, as part of the health announcement.

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