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Bruce Willis Has Retired From Acting Due To Aphasia Diagnosis

The actor’s family and loved ones revealed his recent diagnosis, with the condition usually serving as a precursor to other brain issues. Here’s everything you need to know.

Bruce Willis is officially retiring from acting due to health issues.

The former actor, 67, was recently diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder affecting one’s speech, according to a social media post from his ex-wife Demi Moore.

“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,” wrote Moore in the post. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Aphasia, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a cognitive degenerative disease that affects the ability to speak, write and understand language, whether written or spoken. The disease affects roughly one million Americans and nearly 180,000 Americans acquire it annually, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Aphasia is usually a symptom of another condition, including stroke or a brain tumor. Some symptoms include speak in incoherent language or works, not understand conversations, and speaking or writing words or sentences that don’t make sense. As a symptom of a possible stroke, it’s recommended to seek emergency care if displaying these symptoms.

There is no cure for aphasia, but the condition can be treated through a number of therapies to help those with it recover their speech and writing patterns.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” Moore continues in the post. “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.”

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