Bruce Willis to retire from acting after an illustrious Hollywood career because of aphasia diagnosis

Bruce Willis to retire from acting after an illustrious Hollywood career because of aphasia diagnosis

Pictured: Willis with family and friends after a ‘roast’ event in 2018 (DailyMail.com courtesy)

By MANSUR SHAHEEN U.S. DEPUTY HEALTH EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

HOLLYWOOD — The world learned on Wednesday that Hollywood legend Bruce Willis, 67, would retire due to his diagnosis of aphasia, a potentially devastating condition that causes a person to lose communication skills.

Willis’ family announced that the condition would cause the Die Hard star to step away ‘from the career that has meant so much to him.’

Around one million Americans suffer from the condition, the National Institutes of Health reports, and around 180,000 people are diagnosed with it every year.

It can manifest itself in multiple ways and is often either the result of a head injury, a stroke, a tumor, or other brain deterioration.

Aphasia can be devastating as well, with experts saying it causes depression in over a third of cases, can lead to personality shifts, and can even alienate friends and family from the affected person.

‘Imagine being dropped in a country where you do not speak the language – cannot understand, read, write or speak. It would impact all of your interactions – this is what it is like to have aphasia,’ Darlene Williamson, president of the National Aphasia Association, told DailyMail.com.

Other famous examples of aphasia include former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. (ai/MTVN/MailOnline)

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