US actor Bruce Willis 67, is retiring. His family has announced.
The award-winning film star was diagnosed with aphasia, an illness that affects peoples’ ability to communicate.
“Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” his daughter, Rummer Willis, said on Wednesday in a post on Instagram
“As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
The post is signed by Willis’s current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as his former wife, actress Demi Moore, and his children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the joint statement reads.
“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.”
Aphasia often occurs after a stroke or a head injury, and “can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written”.
Willis has appeared in about 100 films across his four-decade career. He’s been nominated for five Golden Globes, and three Emmys.
Willis was married to actor Demi Moore for 23 years; they share three daughters. He also has two daughters with his second wife, Emma Heming Willis.
This message drew messages of support from fans and other celebrities.