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Bruce Willis makes first public appearance after his diagnosis with aphasia, gets ice cream with friend Stephan Eads

Bruce Willis makes first public appearance after his diagnosis with aphasia, gets ice cream with friend Stephan Eads

Eads is Willis' longstanding close friend who rose from a personal assistant to a producer on his films.

On Monday, Bruce Willis was seen scooping up a huge cup of ice cream in Los Angeles. Stephen Eads, Willis' longstanding close friend who rose from a personal assistant to a producer on his films in the early 1990s, joined the actor for ice cream.

The Die Hard star wore a shirt from Katonah, New York, where he formerly had a huge estate. The actor dressed down his look with worn trousers and a baseball cap with a giant 'B' on it pulled low over his eyes. Eads wore all black and had his long gray hair down on the ice cream outing.

Bruce sold the five-bedroom estate on 22 acres in Westchester County for $8.7 million in 2019, per Daily Mail.

Willis and Eads collaborated on The Last Boy Scout in 1991 (when Wads was Willis' assistant), Hart's War in 2002, Live Free Or Die Hard in 2007, Once Upon A Time In Venice in 2017, and American Siege in 2021.  



 

 

This public appearance of Willis comes after his diagnosis with aphasia, post which he had been keeping a low profile. According to Cleveland Clinic, "Aphasia is a brain disorder where a person has trouble speaking or understanding other people speaking. This happens with damage or disruptions in parts of the brain that control spoken language." Patients with the illness are often treated with speech therapy and taught nonverbal communication techniques.



 

 

His wife Emma, ex-wife Demi Moore, 59, and five kids Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, Tallulah, 28, Mabel Ray, 10, and Evelyn, 8, announced his aphasia diagnosis on Instagram on March 30. They wrote in the caption, "Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities." They added, "As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support."



 

 

Willis' career spans over 45 years, during which he played legendary parts in films such as Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and many others. According to the Los Angeles Times, individuals who have lately worked with Willis have expressed concern about his cognitive impairment. He had trouble remembering his lines and had to be fed them via an earpiece at times. 

In certain situations, his lines were cut, and action scenes, particularly those with complicated choreography, were increasingly recorded with a body double. The 67-year-old actor has now retired to deal with aphasia.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Theo Wargo 

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