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Rumer Willis opens up about the impact of her father Bruce Willis has had on life after the announcement that the actor is moving away from acting due to his aphasia diagnosis.
The 33-year-old daughter of Willis and Demi Moore praised her father last Friday for encouraging her to laugh over the years.
“I love you Daddio, to [moon emoji] and back, “Rumer wrote in a post shared to Instagram on Friday.
“Thank you for teaching me to be so silly. I love laughing with you,” her post continues.
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Rumer’s comments accompanied a recurring image with Rumer as a young child and a younger Willis holding one of Rumer’s younger sisters. Rumer is seen making a funny face for the camera.
Celebrities responded to Rumer’s post with love and support for the actor and his family. Evan Rachel Wood, Delilah Belle Hamlin and Aaron Paul were among the stars who responded with heart emojis in the comments section.
“Sends good vibes greetings and so much love to you and your whole family. My thoughts and my heart are with you,” wrote model Christie Brinkley.
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“Sends so much love to you all. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful photos of your father and family,” commented Carrie Ann Inaba.
The 67-year-old’s family previously took to Instagram, announcing that the star is moving away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that causes loss of the ability to understand or express speech. The family said it has affected his cognitive abilities.
“As a result of this and with great care, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” read the statement signed by Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Moore and his five children. , Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
“We’re moving through this as a strong family unit, and we wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do for him,” they said. “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that.”
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There are many potential causes of aphasia. It often occurs after a stroke or a head injury, but can also develop gradually due to a slow-growing brain tumor or a disease that causes degenerative damage, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It is treated primarily with speech therapy and the learning of non-verbal means of communication.
Willis’ family did not divulge what caused his aphasia. Representatives of the actor declined to comment.
The news of Willis, one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, immediately spread online when fans responded. His four-decade career has raised more than $ 5 billion in box office worldwide.
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Willis had worked steadily and often. Willis, known for films such as “Die Hard”, “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense”, has in recent years released thrillers directly to video. Last year, he starred in a staggering eight films. Most came and went quietly, including titles like “Cosmic Sin”, “Out of Death” and “Deadlock”.
Most recently, Willis starred in the February “Gasoline Alley” and “A Day to Die,” which came out in early March. Willis has already shot at least six more films to be released in 2022 and 2023, including “Die Like Lovers,” “Corrective Measures” and “The Wrong Place.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.