Bruce Willis Retiring From Acting Following Aphasia Diagnosis

The action movie icon is "stepping away" from his acting career having been diagnosed with aphasia, which limits one's speaking abilities.

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Bruce Willis, who made his rise to fame in the 1980s on the television comedy Moonlighting and was rebranded as an action star with the mega-blockbuster Die Hard, is retiring from his career after being diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is a neurological disease that limits speaking and understanding speech as well.

Willis' family members posted a joint statement on social media announcing his retirement and his diagnosis.

"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," daughter Rumer Willis posted on her Instagram. "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," she 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."

With over 140 movie credits to his name and two Emmy awards, one for Moonlighting and one for a guest star on Friends, Willis broke the mold for what action stars could do and look like. We at GameSpot wish him and his family well during this time.

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