On Wednesday (March 30), Bruce Willis’ family revealed that he had been diagnosed with aphasia, a disease where you lose the ability to understand or express speech. It is caused by brain damage and can occur after a head injury, stroke, or brain tumor.
It is unknown how he got the disease.
Willis’s wife Emma, Demi, and his and Demi’s daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah all posted the same photo of the actor with the same caption revealing the news.
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 caption read. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
The family continued, “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. 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.”
Since they revealed his diagnosis and stepping away from acting, fans, colleagues, and friends all sent their love to the veteran actor. One of those friends was John Travolta, who starred alongside Bruce in the 1989 movie Look Who’s Talking and 1994’s Pulp Fiction.
“Bruce and I became good friends when we shared 2 of our biggest hits together, Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking. Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you I feel like it’s happening to me.’ That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce.”
Travolta felt the love from Bruce, and even Demi, when his wife Kelly Preston passed away in July 2020.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce, and his entire family, during this time.