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Bruce Willis: Die Hard star retiring from acting due to aphasia diagnosis

Bruce Willis is retiring from acting due to a condition which causes difficulties with language or speech, his daughter has said.

Rumer Willis revealed that the Die Hard star, 67, had been diagnosed with aphasia, which she said is "impacting his cognitive abilities".

Her Instagram post said: "As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him."

The message, addressed to "Bruce’s amazing supporters", ended on an upbeat note: "As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that".

The statement was signed by Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore, and his five children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.

The NHS defines aphasia as when "a person has difficulty with their language or speech.

"It’s usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain (for example, after a stroke)," the NHS definition says.

It affects "the four main ways people understand and use language", in other words reading, listening, speaking and typing or writing.

Head trauma, brain tumors or infections can also cause aphasia, the National Aphasia Association said on its website.

It is not clear what led to Willis’ diagnosis.

Head trauma, brain tumors or infections can also cause aphasia, the National Aphasia Association said on its website.

It is not clear what led to Willis’ diagnosis.

Willis came to national attention alongside Cybill Shepherd in the 1980s TV hit, Moonlighting.

His first big movie role was as John McClane in the smash hit Die Hard in 1988 and he went on to star in Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys and The Sixth Sense.

His four-decade career, spanning around 100 films, has amassed more than £3.8 billion ($5) at the box office worldwide.

He has won one Golden Globe Award and two Emmys.

Willis has several movie projects in post-production, including Vendetta, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye and White Elephant while Fortress 3 is currently in pre-production.

More information on aphasia can be found here

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