Hollywood star Bruce Willis has officially retired from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia, a rare terminal illness which affects portions of the brain responsible for language.
According to the National Aphasia Association, the condition is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write.
NAA reports that the condition is always due to injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals
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The actor’s family, including his wife Emma Heming-Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore, announced his condition on Instagram on Wednesday, March 30 saying it is
“impacting his cognitive abilities”.
“With much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” his family wrote in a joint statement.