Val Kilmer Comes Clean About Cancer Struggle
Actor Val Kilmer has finally confirmed long-running reports suggesting he has been battling cancer, insisting his swollen tongue is “healing all the time.”
The Heat star’s health has been under scrutiny in recent years, and in January, 2015, he was said to have checked into the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to have a suspected tumor in his throat removed.
He fueled the claims in October, 2015, when he was photographed with a breathing aid around his neck, but he took to Facebook at the time to dismiss the cancer concerns and simply attributed his health struggles to an undisclosed “complication.”
The rumors continued to swirl, and last year, Kilmer denied the allegations once again after his The Ghost and the Darkness co-star Michael Douglas, who is in remission from tongue cancer, appeared to reveal his old pal had been diagnosed with the same ailment during an event in London. He told fans Kilmer was “dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good (sic) for him”, but in a post on Facebook, Kilmer insisted Douglas was “misinformed” and he had “no cancer whatsoever.”
Now, six months after Douglas’ remarks hit headlines, the Batman Forever star has finally admitted he did suffer from the disease, but is adamant he is on the mend.
The 57-year-old made the admission during a recent Ask Me Anything exchange with fans on Reddit, after one person referred to Douglas’ cancer comments and asked, “What was the story behind that?”
“He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time (sic),” Kilmer replied.
The veteran actor went on to explain, “Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather.”
Kilmer resumed a tour of his Citizen Twain project last year, and although he has struggled to speak properly in post-screening discussions, he told People in March he was “doing great.”