In his “favorite habitat”, a valley surrounded by forests and mountains, Bruce Willis reappeared after the announcement of his illness. A few days after communicating his relatives that the actor suffers from aphasiapathology that forces him to withdraw from acting, the interpreter’s wife, Emma Heming, shared emotional images of the family.
Smiling and enjoying a day in nature, the actor is portrayed with his loved ones walking along a river on a sunny day. In the photos, Willis wears jeans, a shirt and an orange vest and poses with his wife, whom he married in 2009, and his young daughters, Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn.
Heming was the one who spread the images through his Instagram account. “Mom and dad in her favorite habitat,” she wrote alongside a series of portraits of the couple taken by one of the girls.
In the stories of the same social network, the wife of the protagonist of Hard to Kill He also shared video images set to music with the song “Honky Tonk Woman” by the Rolling Stones, in which the family is seen in different situations recreating themselves in the middle of the landscape.
The prints show a healthy and serene Bruce Willis after the announcement about his illness that shocked Hollywood. The actor’s family, his current partner, his ex-wife Demi Moore and their daughters, announced his retirement from the activity on Wednesday.
Aphasia is “affecting his cognitive abilities,” they said in a statement. “It is with a heavy heart that Bruce walks away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for his continued love, compassion and support,” they added. Willis has five daughters, three from his relationship with the actress from Ghostand two with his current partner.
His acting career began in the early 1980s. He rose to popularity after starring in the series Moonlight with Cybill Shepherd on ABC and after his performance as John McClane in the first installment of Hard to Killin 1988.
Since then, his movies, including Sixth Sense, Armageddon and Pulp Fiction, have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, according to Variety.
Several actors and other stars sent their condolences to Willis and his family after the sad news.
LA NACIÓN consulted neurologists who explained that aphasia is a language disorder that can cause difficulty in expression or comprehension. That is, it can be expressive, comprehensive or global, if it includes both. It can be mild, intermediate or severe.
“It is an alteration of our language capacity. When you refer to that, we are not only talking about the external, the ability to pronounce a word. If not, we also refer to the ability to understand it. Even the internal language, because a person even thinks with words. Aphasia is a disorder that has to do with problems with language to produce it, to understand it and, also, to use it internally”, said Alejandro Andersson, director of the Buenos Aires Institute of Neurology.
When asked about the causes, another neurologist explained: “They can be multiple. The most common is cerebrovascular disease when an area of the brain that is related to language is injured. In all right-handed people it is in the left frontotemporal hemisphere and in most left-handed people it is also usually in the same area. There are also other causes such as a brain tumor or bleeding. To this explanation, Andersson added: “There are language-instrumental areas in the brain. In the left hemisphere you have an instrumental language area that deals with comprehension, it’s Wernicke’s area, which is in the left temporal lobe. Then you have another very important area in the expression of language, which is called Broca’s area, which is also in the same area. In 95% of right-handers and 70% of left-handers, it is responsible for language. These are areas that, if injured, generate aphasia.”
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