Bruce Willis‘ daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia.

Because of the devastating diagnosis, the 67-year-old Hollywood icon is stepping away from the spotlight and the acting career that ‘has meant so much to him,’ as per a statement published by the family earlier in the day.

The sisters, 33 and 30 respectively, put on brave faces as they reportedly attended a Coachella pre-party held at Infinity house.

Spotted: Bruce Willis' daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia

Spotted: Bruce Willis' daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia

Staying positive: The sisters put on brave faces as they reportedly attended a Coachella pre-party held at Infinity house

Staying positive: The sisters put on brave faces as they reportedly attended a Coachella pre-party held at Infinity house

Spotted: Bruce Willis’ daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia

Rumer and Scout were photographed seemingly arriving to the event, with the eldest Willis sister rocking a white sundress and Scout opting for a psychedelic sweater and black shorts. 

Scout appeared to be in a jovial mood while Rumer strolled along the sidewalk with her cellphone pressed to her ear. 

In a statement shared to Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah’s respective Instagram pages, Bruce’s health condition was revealed to the world. 

‘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,’ they wrote.

‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.’

The statement added: ‘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.

Out and about: Rumer and Scout were photographed seemingly arriving to the event, with the eldest Willis sister rocking a white sundress and Scout opting for a psychedelic sweater and black shorts

Out and about: Rumer and Scout were photographed seemingly arriving to the event, with the eldest Willis sister rocking a white sundress and Scout opting for a psychedelic sweater and black shorts

Out and about: Rumer and Scout were photographed seemingly arriving to the event, with the eldest Willis sister rocking a white sundress and Scout opting for a psychedelic sweater and black shorts

Staying positive: Scout appeared to be in a jovial mood while Rumer strolled along the sidewalk with her cellphone pressed to her ear

Staying positive: Scout appeared to be in a jovial mood while Rumer strolled along the sidewalk with her cellphone pressed to her ear

Staying positive: Scout appeared to be in a jovial mood while Rumer strolled along the sidewalk with her cellphone pressed to her ear

‘As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that,’ the statement, which was signed by his wife, model Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore and all of his children, concluded.

According to the National Aphasia Association, the condition is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write.

The association reports the condition is always due to injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals.

Head trauma, brain tumors or from infections can also cause aphasia.

Devastating: In a statement shared to Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah's respective Instagram pages, Bruce's health condition was revealed to the world. '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,' they wrote

Devastating: In a statement shared to Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah's respective Instagram pages, Bruce's health condition was revealed to the world. '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,' they wrote

Devastating: In a statement shared to Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah’s respective Instagram pages, Bruce’s health condition was revealed to the world. ‘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,’ they wrote

It is currently unclear what lead to Willis’ diagnosis.

Shortly after sharing their father’s diagnosis, the Willis sisters were flooded with support from their friends and followers on Instagram.

Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland Baldwin commented that she is sending the Willis family ‘all of my love today,’ while model Tommy Dorfman left a string of heart emojis and a simple ‘love you.’

American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who starred alongside Bruce in the 2019 Sc-fi thriller Glass, spoke about working with the actor and the impact he left on her.

‘He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle and hilarious man. he reigns supreme in my book,’ she wrote, followed by several red heart emojis.

Stepping away: 'As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,' the statement revealed; Bruce pictured in 2018

Stepping away: 'As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,' the statement revealed; Bruce pictured in 2018

Stepping away: ‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,’ the statement revealed; Bruce pictured in 2018

Support: Support: Shortly after sharing their father's diagnosis, the Willis sisters were flooded with support from their friends and followers on Instagram; (L-R) Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, Demi Moore, Marlene Willis and Scout LaRue Willis pictured in 2018

Support: Support: Shortly after sharing their father's diagnosis, the Willis sisters were flooded with support from their friends and followers on Instagram; (L-R) Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, Demi Moore, Marlene Willis and Scout LaRue Willis pictured in 2018

Support: Support: Shortly after sharing their father’s diagnosis, the Willis sisters were flooded with support from their friends and followers on Instagram; (L-R) Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, Demi Moore, Marlene Willis and Scout LaRue Willis pictured in 2018

Director Len Wiseman – who directed Bruce in 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth installment in the iconic Die Hard franchise – sent ‘strength’ to the family, as well as the legendary screen star.

‘Sending love and strength to you, Bruce and your lovely family ❤️’ he commented.  

‘Sending so much love and strength to your beautiful family,’ penned supermodel Helena Christensen

Actress Hilarie Burton, commenting on Rumer’s post, sent ‘big hugs,’ while Jenna Dewan expressed that she was ‘sending love to you and your beautiful family.’

‘Sending so much love to you, your dad and your entire family,’ commented Thor star Jamie Alexander. 

Sending love: Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland Baldwin commented that she is sending the Willis family 'all of my love today,' while model Tommy Dorfman left a string of heart emojis and a simple 'love you'

Sending love: Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland Baldwin commented that she is sending the Willis family 'all of my love today,' while model Tommy Dorfman left a string of heart emojis and a simple 'love you'

Sending love: Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland Baldwin commented that she is sending the Willis family ‘all of my love today,’ while model Tommy Dorfman left a string of heart emojis and a simple ‘love you’

Lasting impression: American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who starred alongside Bruce in the 2019 Sc-fi thriller Glass, spoke about working with the actor and the impact he left on her. 'He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle and hilarious man. he reigns supreme in my book,' she wrote, followed by several red heart emojis

Lasting impression: American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who starred alongside Bruce in the 2019 Sc-fi thriller Glass, spoke about working with the actor and the impact he left on her. 'He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle and hilarious man. he reigns supreme in my book,' she wrote, followed by several red heart emojis

Lasting impression: American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who starred alongside Bruce in the 2019 Sc-fi thriller Glass, spoke about working with the actor and the impact he left on her. ‘He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle and hilarious man. he reigns supreme in my book,’ she wrote, followed by several red heart emojis

Thinking of the family: Actress Hilarie Burton, commenting on Rumer's post, sent 'big hugs,' while Jenna Dewan expressed that she was 'sending love to you and your beautiful family'

Thinking of the family: Actress Hilarie Burton, commenting on Rumer's post, sent 'big hugs,' while Jenna Dewan expressed that she was 'sending love to you and your beautiful family'

Thinking of the family: Actress Hilarie Burton, commenting on Rumer’s post, sent ‘big hugs,’ while Jenna Dewan expressed that she was ‘sending love to you and your beautiful family’

'Sending so much love to you, your dad and your entire family,' commented Thor star Jamie Alexander

'Sending so much love to you, your dad and your entire family,' commented Thor star Jamie Alexander

‘Sending so much love to you, your dad and your entire family,’ commented Thor star Jamie Alexander

Eiza Gonzalez gushed over how much she ‘loves’ the Willis family in a comment shared with Rumer, with the actress writing: ‘Love you and your family girl [HEART EMOJI] send you all my love.’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick commented several heart emojis, while Tess Holiday also sent ‘love’ to the star and his family. 

The announcement comes more than one year after OK Magazine first speculated on Willis’ declining mental health, after he was seen leaving a California pharmacy without a facemask. The actor later apologized saying it was an ‘error in judgment,’ but unnamed sources told the magazine Willis ‘simply forgot’ to bring the bandana hanging from his neck up to his face.

The source said that, although Willis had not been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, ‘he’s been waging a personal war for a number of years.’

Adoration: Eiza Gonzalez gushed over how much she 'loves' the Willis family in a comment shared with Rumer, with the actress writing: 'Love you and your family girl [HEART EMOJI] send you all my love'

Adoration: Eiza Gonzalez gushed over how much she 'loves' the Willis family in a comment shared with Rumer, with the actress writing: 'Love you and your family girl [HEART EMOJI] send you all my love'

Adoration: Eiza Gonzalez gushed over how much she ‘loves’ the Willis family in a comment shared with Rumer, with the actress writing: ‘Love you and your family girl [HEART EMOJI] send you all my love’

Hearts: Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick commented several heart emojis

Hearts: Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick commented several heart emojis

Hearts: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick commented several heart emojis

Sweet sentiment: Tess Holiday also sent 'love' to the star and his family

Sweet sentiment: Tess Holiday also sent 'love' to the star and his family

Sweet sentiment: Tess Holiday also sent ‘love’ to the star and his family

They said Willis had sold his New York property to spend more time with his wife and children in Los Angeles, and said that his wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore, were working together to take care of the famed actor.

‘His wife Emma has helped Demi Moore and the children Bruce shares with his ex-wife to make truces because they know he’s fading,’ the unnamed source told the magazine in January 2021.

‘Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,’ the insider said. ‘It’s sad that people are making fun of him.’

According to the magazine, Willis had previously been seen using an earpiece to feed him lines in his Broadway debut in Misery in 2015, and the unnamed insider also said he was struggling during the filming of M. Night Shyamalan’s2019 film Glass.

Health speculation: The announcement comes more than one year after OK Magazine first speculated on Willis' declining mental health, after he was seen leaving a California pharmacy without a facemask. The actor later apologized saying it was an 'error in judgment,' but unnamed sources told the magazine Willis 'simply forgot' to bring the bandana hanging from his neck up to his face; Bruce pictured in 2019

Health speculation: The announcement comes more than one year after OK Magazine first speculated on Willis' declining mental health, after he was seen leaving a California pharmacy without a facemask. The actor later apologized saying it was an 'error in judgment,' but unnamed sources told the magazine Willis 'simply forgot' to bring the bandana hanging from his neck up to his face; Bruce pictured in 2019

Health speculation: The announcement comes more than one year after OK Magazine first speculated on Willis’ declining mental health, after he was seen leaving a California pharmacy without a facemask. The actor later apologized saying it was an ‘error in judgment,’ but unnamed sources told the magazine Willis ‘simply forgot’ to bring the bandana hanging from his neck up to his face; Bruce pictured in 2019

‘While filming Glass, staffers worked around him by cutting and editing and having him overdub lines because he struggled to remember and/or deliver them,’ they told the publication, according to the New Zealand Herald.

‘In most scenes on Glass he’s hooded, and they used stand-in and body doubles to replace him. On set, he wouldn’t smile and was always chaperoned by an assistant to guide him while walking.’

They added, ‘The good news is that although there is the real concern of dementia fears, it largely has not impacted his ability to work in Hollywood – and in true super hero form – he won’t slow down because new technology like earpieces allows actors of his caliber not to skip a beat.’

But in recent weeks, the New Zealand Herald reports, die hard fans of the actor have noticed he was taking more roles in straight-to-video releases.

Tight knit: They said Willis had sold his New York property to spend more time with his wife and children in Los Angeles, and said that his wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore, were working together to take care of the famed actor; Bruce and Demi pictured in 2021

Tight knit: They said Willis had sold his New York property to spend more time with his wife and children in Los Angeles, and said that his wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore, were working together to take care of the famed actor; Bruce and Demi pictured in 2021

Tight knit: They said Willis had sold his New York property to spend more time with his wife and children in Los Angeles, and said that his wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore, were working together to take care of the famed actor; Bruce and Demi pictured in 2021

Support system: 'His wife Emma has helped Demi Moore and the children Bruce shares with his ex-wife to make truces because they know he's fading,' the unnamed source told the magazine in January 2021. 'Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,' the insider said. 'It's sad that people are making fun of him'; Bruce pictured with wife Emma and their daughters Mabel, nine, and Evelyn, seven

Support system: 'His wife Emma has helped Demi Moore and the children Bruce shares with his ex-wife to make truces because they know he's fading,' the unnamed source told the magazine in January 2021. 'Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,' the insider said. 'It's sad that people are making fun of him'; Bruce pictured with wife Emma and their daughters Mabel, nine, and Evelyn, seven

Support system: ‘His wife Emma has helped Demi Moore and the children Bruce shares with his ex-wife to make truces because they know he’s fading,’ the unnamed source told the magazine in January 2021. ‘Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,’ the insider said. ‘It’s sad that people are making fun of him’; Bruce pictured with wife Emma and their daughters Mabel, nine, and Evelyn, seven

He has also been pictured more often with his family, with Moore, 59, wishing him a happy birthday in an Instagram post earlier this month, sharing a photo of the two of them standing in the kitchen and writing: ‘Happy birthday Bruce! Thankful for our blended family.’

That same weekend, Emma posted a tribute to her husband of 13 years in honor of their anniversary, sharing a photo of them at their 2009 wedding.

’13 years ago, those wedding speeches really sent us over the edge,’ she wrote.

Emma also posted her own birthday tribute to Bruce – a photo montage she created, writing: ‘I don’t just love him, I really, really like him.’

Willis shares three children – Rumer, 33, Scout, 30 and Tallulah, 28, with Moore, to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000. He also has two daughters, Mabel, 9, and Evelyn, 7, with his wife Emma, 43.

Aphasia, the brain condition suffered by Bruce Willis, can leave a person unable to communicate

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. 

Other famous examples of aphasia include former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. 

‘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 aphasia association, told DailyMail.com.

While it is impossible to say for Willis in particular how drastically the condition has effected him and his behavior, Williamson reports that it can often be devastating for patients.

‘The consequences of living with a language impairment can alter someone’s behavior and outlook on life,’ Williamson said.

‘Approximately 35 percent of individuals with aphasia experience some depression.’

The cause of the condition, which is often some sort of traumatic brain injury or a stroke, can lead to massive personality shifts.

‘[Aphasia is] difficulty with language that comes about from some kind of injury to the brain. The most common source is stroke… but it could come from any other type of damage,’ Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, told DailyMail.com. 

Certain infections that impact the brain’s language centers can cause aphasia to form as well, along with cognitive decline and deterioration associated with dementia. 

The condition can make it very hard for an actor like Willis to continue in his career, as just the process of speaking out lines can become a challenge.

‘It would surely be difficult,’ Williamson said about attempting to continue acting while afflicted with the condition.

‘Aphasia affects comprehension of language, speaking, as well as reading and writing. There are varying levels of severity which would be another determining factor. It may not be impossible, but acting would require extra accommodations.’

Dr Rapp said that despite communication failures caused by the condition, people who suffer the condition still have the same thoughts, and are internally the same person. While the experience can be alienating, loved ones should remember that the person has not changed. Pictured: Willis with family and friends after a 'roast' event in 2018

Dr Rapp said that despite communication failures caused by the condition, people who suffer the condition still have the same thoughts, and are internally the same person. While the experience can be alienating, loved ones should remember that the person has not changed. Pictured: Willis with family and friends after a 'roast' event in 2018

Dr Rapp said that despite communication failures caused by the condition, people who suffer the condition still have the same thoughts, and are internally the same person. While the experience can be alienating, loved ones should remember that the person has not changed. Pictured: Willis with family and friends after a ‘roast’ event in 2018

There are four common types of aphasia that make up a vast majority of cases: fluent – often called Wernicke’s; non-fluent – known as Broca’s; anomic; and Primary Progressive Aphasia. 

Rapp explained that there are different forms of the condition because each represents a different type of breakdown in the process of communication.

Whether it is the ability to translate thoughts into proper words, the ability to physically say words,  or the ability to interpret and understand speech from others, each part of communication is a complex process, and even slight brain damage can cause issue.

While the condition does cause communication failures, Rapp notes that the person themselves is still the same. 

Their thoughts, beliefs and feeling towards their loved ones remain, even if it can be frustrating and alienating for both the aphasia patient and those around them to deal with this condition. 

Willis’ family did not reveal what type he was facing, or how severe of a case he had, or what was the root cause found for the condition. 

According to the Stroke Association, a UK based group, those who suffer Wernicke’s aphasia have the ability to string together long sentences of words, but will often say things in a way that they do not make sense, or even use made up words.

They will also suffer from impaired reading and writing ability, and may have trouble understanding clear verbal communication towards them.

One example used by Rapp is that a person may misunderstand the sentence ‘John kicked the dog’. 

Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, explains that aphasia is often caused by a stroke, and can manifest itself in many different ways

Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, explains that aphasia is often caused by a stroke, and can manifest itself in many different ways

Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, explains that aphasia is often caused by a stroke, and can manifest itself in many different ways

While the average person would clearly understand who kicked who in that scenario, a person dealing with this type of the condition may struggle to figure out whether John or the dog was the person that did the kicking. 

Broca’s aphasia will often cause a person to forget words or put together a proper string of words even when their brain can fully understand what they want to say.

A person suffering from this type of the condition will often use simple, short, sentences to get across speech as they are unable to properly say what they want to at times.

The Stroke Association says that these sentences will often be of around four words or less.

A person suffering from Broca’s aphasia will also struggle with writing, but their reading ability is left unaffected.

Someone suffering from anomic aphasia may suffer to find specific verbs and nouns that they need to get their point across, and will speak very vaguely. 

This may also translate into their writing, where they will just not be able to generate the correct words necessary to say what they would like to say.

Primary Progressive Aphasia aphasia damages a person’s ability to communicate in virtually every single way.

A person suffering from this version of the condition will have trouble speaking, reading and writing.

Their ability to process and understand someone that is speaking to them is damaged as well. 

Doctors can often detect aphasia via either an MRI or CT scan, and will be able to pinpoint the exact part of the brain that is causing the issue.

There is no way to fix or cure the condition entirely, but patients will often undergo speech therapy to help rebuild their language skills. 

‘There’s not a lot of progress [with medication for the condition]… the treatment for aphasia is speech therapy,’ Rapp said.

She noted that in some cases a person may undergo electric stimulation therapy alongside speech therapy in order to ‘get the most’ out of the experience. 

Williamson said that ‘strong family support is a critical piece of living successfully with aphasia.’ 

It is not always permanent, though, and how long it lasts and how severe it is often depends on how bad the damage to the brain is.

Stroke victims in particular that suffer aphasia can regain their speech, and often within only a few weeks. 

 

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