Actor Bruce Willis is “moving away” from his career after Aphasia was caught, his family said Wednesday.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Demi Moore and Willis’ eldest daughter Rumara Willis shared that her father’s diagnosis was “affecting her cognitive abilities.”
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce is suffering from some health problem and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is affecting his cognitive ability,” he wrote, which was also signed by other members. Family: Emma, Demi, Scout, Talulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
Moore shared the post on his Instagram page.
“As a result, Bruce is moving away from his career with a lot of consideration, which means a lot to him.”
Aphasia “is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand both oral and written languages,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
It usually occurs after a stroke or brain injury, although it can progress more slowly due to the growth of a brain tumor or a degenerative disease.
The family did not say what the cause was in Willis’ case. They wrote that it was “a really challenging time” for them, but that they were “going through it as a strong family unit.”
“As Bruce always says, ‘live it up’ and together we plan to do that,” the Instagram post concludes.
The news comes just weeks after Bruce Willis celebrated his 67th birthday. Moore shared a photo on March 19 wishing Bruce Willis a happy birthday, writing that he was “grateful for our mixed family.”