Bruce Willis to retire from acting due to aphasia diagnosis

The action star is ‘stepping away from his career’ after being diagnosed with a language disorder which affects his ability to communicate

Bruce Willis, the actor best known for his work on the Die Hard films, is to retire from the industry after being diagnosed with aphasia.

Aphasia can affect people of any age, though most who are diagnosed are “middle-aged or older,” according to the National Institute of Health.

The condition often results from a stroke or brain injury, but can develop over time due to brain tumors or progressive neurological disease.

Drug therapies are also being explored as an “experimental approach” to treatment, according to the NIH.

“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Willis, 67, rose to fame on the TV show Moonlighting, before establishing himself as prolific action star known for his wry delivery

One of the most bankable stars of the 1980s and 1990s, Willis also carved out a substantial niche in family comedies

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

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