Bruce Willis is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.
Willis’ family members posted statements on social media announcing the 67-year-old “Die Hard” actor’s retirement.
“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,” the statement read. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the statement continued. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”
The statement was signed by his wife, Emma; former wife, Demi Moore; and the actor’s five children.
Willis gained fame as the wisecracking star of television’s “Moonlighting.” He has starred in such films as “Armageddon,” “The Sixth Sense” and “Pulp Fiction.”