• Bruce Willis' illness is aphasia
  • That's why he ended his career as an actor
  • This is what aphasia really is

It's probably some of the most shocking news in Hollywood in recent months. Acting legend Bruce Willis announced his retirement, effective immediately. His daughters Rumer and Scout, Bruce's wife Emma Heming-Willis and his ex-wife Demi Moore made the news public on Instagram.

"To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him," writes Rumer Willis in an Instagram post.

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Bruce Willis' illness is the reason for his career end

But what exactly is this health issue? Aphasia is a language disorder, such as speaking, understanding, writing or reading. Aphasia occurs in most cases after a stroke - whether this was the reason for Bruce Willis' diagnosis is not yet clear.

A very difficult phase for the actor and his family, as Rumer Willis writes on Instagram, "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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Until recently, Bruce Willis continued to work on some acting projects despite his illness. Some of them are scheduled to appear later this year. He was last seen in the action film A Day to Die.