Celebrities Send Support to Bruce Willis After Aphasia Diagnosis

On Wednesday, Bruce Willis' family announced that the actor is "stepping away" from his career due to a health condition

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People around the world are sending their well wishes to Bruce Willis, 67, after his family announced on Wednesday that the actor will be "stepping away" from his career after being diagnosed with aphasia —  a condition that can affect someone's ability to communicate.

On Instagram, Willis' eldest daughter, Rumer Willis; ex-wife and mother of his first three children, Demi Moore; and wife and mother of his two youngest two children, Emma Heming Willis, posted a statement where they said the diagnosis is "impacting his cognitive abilities."

After the Instagram posts were made, the comment sections became flooded with positive messages of hope and encouragement for Willis and his family.

On Moore's Instagram post, Jamie Lee Curtis commented, "Grace and guts! Love to you all!" Cindy Crawford posted a praying hands emoji.

"I am so sorry and sending all the love and healing to you ❤️‍🩹," fashion designer Rachel Zoe 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." actress and Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson wrote.

"❤️🙏🏽 lots of love, keeping the family in my prayers" Winnie Harlow commented.

Rumer Willis limited the number of comments allowed on her post, but "The Vampire Diaries" actress Clair Holt was still able to write "Sending lots of love to you all ❤️❤️❤️."

John Travolta also sent well wishes to Willis with an Instagram post.

"Bruce and I became good friends when we shared 2 of our biggest hits together, Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking. Years later he said to me, “John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it’s happening to me.” That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce," Travolta's caption read.

On Twitter, Seth Green and Matthew Perry shared his love for the actor while Meghan McCain and Kristie Alley sent words of encouragement to Willis and his family.

"I have so much love for Bruce Willis, and am grateful for every character he’s given us. Hugs and love for the whole family- thank you for sharing him with us all ❤️❤️," Green tweeted.

"Dear Bruce Willis, I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through, but you're still the coolest man I've met in my entire life. You will remain in my prayers for a long long time. Maybe we should get together and watch the whole 10 yards and get a couple of hours of sleep," Perry tweeted.

"So much love, light, prayers, and strength to Bruce Willis, his wife, children, @justdemi and their entire family during this time. Have faith, there is hope and incredible geniuses at Mayo Clinic and NIH who work in neurology & study brains. Breakthroughs truly happen every day," McCain wrote.

"Terribly Sad news. I’m just happy Bruce has such an awesome support system. Great guy great actor great family. winning combination for 🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️," Kristie Alley tweeted.

"The Sixth Sense" actor Haley Joel Osment wrote a moving tribute to Willis on Instagram.

"It’s been difficult to find the right words for someone I’ve always looked up to—first on the big screen, and then by some wild stroke of luck, in person. He’s a true legend who has enriched all of our lives with a singular career that spans nearly half a century. I am so grateful for what I got to witness firsthand, and for the enormous body of work he built for us to enjoy for years and years to come. I just wanted to express the respect and deep admiration I have for Bruce and his family as they move forward with the courage and high spirits that have always defined them."

The condition is usually triggered by a stroke or head injury.
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