Is Bruce Willis Dead? Social Media Rumors Debunked

Die Hard actor Bruce Willis was only killed by an internet hoax. In reality, he is very much alive and well. There has been an upsurge in the number of fake celebrity death reports circling around. On July 17 the actor’s representatives officially stated that Bruce Willis is not dead. “He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

A “R.I.P. Bruce Willis” video was posted on Saturday, and rumors of the actor’s alleged death started taking rounds. Also, the number of ‘likes’ on that Facebook page was close to one million.

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Recent activity of Bruce Willis

A recent video clip posted by his wife, Emma Heming Willis, shows Bruce on the top of the Nakatomi Plaza, or the Fox Plaza in real life. However, in the clip, he can be seen looking out from the Plaza. He went to the Los Angeles location of Fox Plaza, which functioned as Nakatomi Plaza in his movie Die Hard to revisit memories on the occasion of Die Hard’s 34th anniversary.

The spot is the most famous for seeing John McClean tie himself to a fire hose and leap off the roof. In the movie, Bruce played the character of an NYPD cop John McClane. The caption of the video reads “Nakatomi Plaza 34 years later #happymovieanniversary #diehard @20thcenturystudios.” 

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Bruce Willis retirement

Earlier this year, in March 2020, Willis’ family announced the actor’s stepping back from acting due to a health issue. The family share the news that the actor had been diagnosed with Aphasia. But, on a lighter note, his recently filmed movies like Paradise City, White Elephant, and Die Like Lovers are yet to be released

“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. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.

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Read the caption from the Instagram post.

What is aphasia?

According to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language.

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Aphasia Symptoms (Credit: Verywell / JR Bee)

For most people, these areas are on the left side of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often following a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as the result of a brain tumor or a progressive neurological disease.

The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders, such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech, which also result from brain damage.

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