Bruce Willis ‘sells his real estate empire’ as health declines after aphasia diagnosis
The 67-year-old action hero star has been diagnosed with aphasia – a condition that affects the brain and affects sufferers’ ability to speak and retain information
Bruce Willis has quietly sold his real estate empire ahead of his retirement from acting due to deteriorating health, the star’s friends claim.
Hollywood and movie fans were united in grief last Wednesday when the 67-year-old actor’s family announced he would be retiring after being diagnosed with aphasia – a disorder that affects the brain and ability to talk about affected people.
Although the news has only been made public in recent days, it is suggested that the actor has known about his prognosis “for some time” and has sold nearly $ 65 million (50 million pounds sterling) of goods.
Reports said the star had sold property in New York and beyond and was to focus on his life in California as he continued his health battle.
PageSix Reports: “Bruce Willis has been preparing for his declining health for some time, friends say, by selling all of his prize properties in New York and beyond.
“Willis spent several years selling an astonishing luxury property worth nearly $65 million to focus on living with his family in California.”
While a source told the publication, “Bruce has been preparing for this moment for a long time. He knew there would be a time, as his health declined, when his earning power wouldn’t be as great as it once was.
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“Also, he knew he wouldn’t ultimately need multiple estates and apartments to travel between them, and instead needed to live in a safe environment surrounded by his family.
“Looking at how he’s sold most of his properties in recent years, it’s clear he’s been preparing to downsize and simplify his life for a number of years.”
Bruce and his wife, 43-year-old model Emma Heming, sold a property for £7.7m (£5.9m) in December 2019 – and they cut their asking price by £5.3m dollars (£4 million).
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The couple originally bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom property in 2014 for $12m (£9.2m), meaning they suffered a sizable loss on their sale.
The Die Hard star also sold a six-bedroom property in New York’s Central Park West duplex in 2018 for $17.8m (£13.6m) and sold his mountain home to Sun Valley, Idaho in the same year for $5.5m (£4.2m). ).
And Bruce and his wife also sold a huge house in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019 for $27m (£20.6m) – but it was $6m (£4.6m) less than the asking price.
The actor also reportedly sold land for $6m (£4.6m) on the island of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands last year.
Bruce had previously opened up about his decision to sell his homes, saying in 2019: ‘The only reason we’re giving it up is because we’re so far away from our California family, which is why we decided to move back out West. coast and make our home there.
Over the past week, the actor’s daughter, Rumer Willis, 33, announced via Instagram: “To the amazing Bruce supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been through some serious issues. health and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.
“As a result and with great consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that meant so much to him.
“This is a truly difficult time for our family and we greatly appreciate your continued love, compassion and support.
“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring in his fans because we know how much he means to you, just like you mean to him.”
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