Celebrities, co-stars, close friends, and Hollywood icons have come out in support of Bruce Willis after the action superstar announced he would be stepping away after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that has hampered his “cognitive abilities”.
Earlier today, Willis’ wife Emma Heming, his eldest daughter Rumer Willis, and ex-wife, Demi Moore released a joint statement on their social media pages announcing the star is quitting acting due to his medical condition.
“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,” they wrote.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. 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.”
The family has received an outpouring of support.
Under Rumer’s Instagram post, she received support from the younger generation of actors including Diana Ross’ son, Evan Ross, who wrote “sending love to you, Bruce and your beautiful family.”
Australian actor Claire Holt said, “Sending lots of love to you all ❤️❤️❤️”.
While, American Horror Story actor, Sarah Paulson wrote, “He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle and hilarious man. he reigns supreme in my book. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”.
Rumer’s mum Demi was also inundated with support from her peers.
Rita Wilson wrote, “My heart goes out to Bruce, and all of the family. So thankful you shared this with us. Keeping you all in our prayers.”
Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “Grace and guts! Love to you all!”, and Melanie Griffiths wrote, “Sending love and support dearest Demi ♥️♥️”.
And Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford, and Maria Shriver also showed their support.
Willis, 67, rose to fame in the 1980s comedy-drama TV series Moonlighting, and has appeared in about 100 films across his four-decade career, garnering acclaim for his roles in Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, and winning a Golden Globe Award and two Emmys.
But Willis is perhaps best known for playing the tough-as-nails New York cop who pursued bad guys in the five Die Hard movies, released from 1988 to 2013.
He had been especially active in recent years. Willis appeared in eight movies released in 2021 alone, none of which were critically acclaimed.