The news shook the world of cinema. On March 30, the family of Bruce Willis announced in an Instagram post that the 67-year-old actor was ending his career following serious health problems. “Our beloved Bruce has had some health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities, writes Emma Heming, his wife, Demi Moore, his ex-wife, and his five daughters , Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn. Therefore, and after careful consideration, Bruce is stepping down from this career that meant so much to him.”
Since this difficult announcement, messages of support for the actor and his relatives have rained down on social networks. On April 1, Emma Heming Willis decided to speak on Instagram. In a sober message, she had simply thanked her subscribers for their support, revealing a deep pain. “Your love, support, compassion and prayers really help, she wrote. I am grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The upset Willis family
Emma Heming is not the only one to have been touched by the reaction of the public. Also on Instagram, the actor’s daughter, Scout LaRue, also spoke in the caption of a touching snapshot of her and her father: “It was so surreal yesterday to share something so personal, wrote Demi Moore’s 30 year old daughter. I had no idea how it was going to be received, there’s always a stranger when you share such a vulnerable part of you to the world. I had hoped for some love and compassion, but I truly could never have anticipated the depth and breadth of love we received as a family yesterday.”
Suffering from aphasia, Bruce Willis would suffer in particular from difficulties in expressing himself and understanding oral language. Cognitive problems that would have started to show up on film sets a few years ago, as a source close to the Hollywood landscape recently revealed to the media Page Six. “Everyone knew that Bruce had problems, says the source. Everyone. The actors, the technicians … His family decided to help him. They moved to take care of him. to stunt doubles, not just in the action scenes, but to maximize his screen time. It became very apparent that he had issues…that he couldn’t act anymore.” Very difficult to treat, aphasia is treated in particular by speech therapy.
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