Actor Bruce Willis is sadly stepping away from acting.
The “Die Hard” actor, 67, is stepping away from a successful career after his daughter revealed that he has cognitive difficulties caused by aphasia.
Bruce Willis Is Not The Only One Struggling With Aphasia
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On Wednesday, March 30 daughter Rumer Willis shared his health condition with the world 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,” she explained. “As a result of this and 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,” she continued. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”
“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that,” she concluded. Below is a brief list of a few other celebrities who have also struggled with aphasia after health scares.
Emilia Clarke Understands Bruce Willis’ Struggle, Couldn’t Remember Her Name After Brain Surgery
“Game of Thrones” alum Emilia Clarke has been very open with her struggle with aphasia. Shortly after the Mother of Dragons finished filming the first season of the HBO success show, Clarke had an aneurysm that caused a stroke and a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Two weeks after brain surgery, the actress, who also starred in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” could not remember her own name.
In a 2019 essay she penned for The New Yorker, she said that she “was suffering from a condition called aphasia, a consequence of the trauma my brain had suffered.”
“In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug,” she continued. “I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job — my entire dream of what my life would be — centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”
Fortunately, her aphasia didn’t last for long. She revealed that her aphasia passed after she spent a week in the I.C.U.
In 2013, she had yet another surgery to address another aneurysm that was about to “pop.” Although she described the surgery as “traumatic” and suffered complications, Clarke has recovered and seems to be doing well.
Sharon Stone Struggled With Aphasia After ‘Massive’ Cerebral Hemorrhage
Actress Sharon Stone was rushed to the hospital with a stroke that created a “massive” cerebral hemorrhage in 2001. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she explained that she bled for nine days and spent two years “learning to walk and talk again.”
The “Basic Instinct” star recalled that she “came home from that stroke stuttering, couldn’t read for two years.”
“It’s been a humbling journey,” she continued. “I was on Law & Order … and I had a hard time with my lines. I can talk about it now because I’m okay now … I feel really good about talking and having my full vocabulary.”
Although she has gotten her speech back, she told ABC News that it has since changed the way that she interacts with the world.
“I became more emotionally intelligent,” Stone recalled of the experience. “I chose to work very hard to open up other parts of my mind. Now I’m stronger. And I can be abrasively direct. That scares people, but I think that’s not my problem. It’s like, I have brain damage; you’ll just have to deal with it.”
Randy Travis ‘Could Not Respond In Anything Close To A Sentence’ After Stroke
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In his 2019 memoir, he recalled, “In my case, my brain was functioning, and I could understand what [his wife] Mary said to me, but I could not respond in anything close to a sentence.”
“When we first returned home, I could barely speak at all,” he wrote. “We spent three months in speech therapy before I learned to say the letter ‘A.’ Eventually, after about a year and a half, I could say ‘yup,’ ‘nope,’ and ‘bathroom.’ I could also say ‘I love you’ and a few other phrases but not much more. All this was extremely frustrating for me; I felt like I was trapped inside the shell of my body.”
In 2019, his wife told PEOPLE that “the whole third midsection of Randy’s left brain was affected, which is speaking, writing and reading.”
“But each day there’s something new that he says or does,” she added. In recent years, Travis has returned to singing and even performing again.