Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia and is retiring immediately, his family has confirmed.
In a statement posted on Rumer Willis’ Instagram account, the family said, “To Bruce’s incredible fans, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been dealing with health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.
“As a result and with great consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.
“This is a truly difficult time for our family and we greatly appreciate your continued love, compassion and support.
“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring his fans along 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.”
Willis has appeared in classic films such as the Die Hard series and Pulp Fiction since his career began in 1980.
He has also appeared in television shows such as Miami Vice and Moonlighting, while also pursuing a music career.
Willis achieved superstar status for his role as John McClane in Die Hard, but has also appeared in such huge films as The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense and Sin City.
He is known for his tough guy credentials, but also won a Golden Globe for his role as private investigator David Addison in Moonlighting.
Aphasia is a condition that affects cognitive functions such as the ability to speak, write and understand language.
The NHS website describes the condition as “when a person has difficulty with language or speech” and says it is “usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain.”
People with aphasia may have difficulty reading, listening, writing and speaking.
However, according to the website, “Speech problems are perhaps the most obvious, and people with aphasia may make mistakes in the words they use.
“This can sometimes be using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word or putting words together incorrectly.
“Although aphasia affects a person’s ability to communicate, it does not affect their intelligence.
“Aphasia can occur alone or along with other disorders, such as visual difficulties, mobility problems, limb weakness and problems with memory or thinking skills.”
It is not known how long Willis has had the condition.