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Actor Bruce Willis, best known for his roles in dozens of movies including Top Gun, The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction and Armageddonhas been diagnosed with aphasia and is stepping away from his acting career, his family announced in a joint statement on social media Wednesday.

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In a statement shared on Instagram by his daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn, wife Emma Hemming and ex-wife Demi Moore, the family wrote Willis, 67, “has been experiencing some health issues” and was diagnosed with aphasia, “which is impacting his cognitive abilities.”

Because of this, “Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” they wrote.

Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects one’s understanding of speech and the ability to speak, read or write, though it does not affect intelligence, according to the National Aphasia Association.

It is “always due to injury to the brain,” the organization saidmost commonly caused by a stroke but can also be brought on by head trauma, brain tumors or infection.

It is not clear what caused Willis’s condition, nor the severity of it.

This is a developing story.



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