Bruce Willis’ family have joined him amid the ‘Die Hard’ icon’s aphasia diagnosis: source – Reuters

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Bruce Willis and his family are spending more time together and reflecting on their many memories amid his aphasia diagnosis.

On March 30, the star’s relatives announced he was quitting acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that results in the loss of the ability to understand or express language.

A source told People magazine in this week’s cover story that Willis’ family has shown a united front.

« [His wife] Emma [Heming Willis] is especially grateful for the daughters she shares with Bruce,” said the insider, who is close to Willis. “Everyone is focused on all the happy moments to share. »

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The after party for Bruce Willis’ Comedy Central Roast at NeueHouse on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California attends from left Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Tallulah Belle Willis.
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The ‘Die Hard’ icon’s loved ones are doing all they can [to support] him,” the source continued. “They have rallied a lot around him to help Bruce deal with what is to come. »

“As a person with health issues, Bruce couldn’t be part of a better family,” said a source close to Heming Willis, 43. “It was shocking. And it’s not easy watching a spouse decline. for him. »

In a statement posted to Willis’ Instagram page, the actor’s family said aphasia had affected his cognitive abilities.

“As a result, and with great consideration, Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him,” read the statement signed by Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore and their five children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah. Mabel and Evelyn.

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Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis married in 2009.  They share two daughters.

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis married in 2009. They share two daughters.
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“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you the way you do to him,” they said. “Like Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that. »

There are many possible causes of aphasia. It often occurs after a stroke or head injury, but it can also develop gradually because of a slow-growing brain tumor or a disease that causes degenerative damage, such as a brain tumor. B. Alzheimer’s disease. It is treated primarily through speech therapy and learning non-verbal communication skills.

Willis’ family has not disclosed the cause of his aphasia. Representatives for the actor declined to comment.

News of Willis, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, immediately spread online when fans reacted. His four-decade career has grossed more than $5 billion at the box office worldwide.

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Bruce Willis has three daughters with his ex-wife Demi Moore.

Bruce Willis has three daughters with his ex-wife Demi Moore.
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Willis had worked regularly and regularly. Famous for films such as Die Hard, Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, Willis has been producing direct-to-video thrillers for the last several years. Last year he starred in eight breathtaking films. Most came and went quietly, including tracks like “Cosmic Sin,” “Out of Death,” and “Deadlock.”

More recently, Willis starred in Gasoline Alley in February and A Day to Die, which was released in early March. Willis has already directed at least six other films due for release in 2022 and 2023, including Die Like Lovers, Corrective Measures and The Wrong Place.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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