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Val Kilmer is very grateful for all the well wishes, but they may be a bit unnecessary.
According to multiple reports, Michael Douglas was in London over the weekend participating in a Q&A when the topic of his 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness came up. That’s when Douglas decided to share some insight on Kilmer’s health, alleging that the celeb was also battling throat cancer.
“The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped but I had a wonderful time,” he reportedly told host Jonathan Ross. “Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.”
The actor added, “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
Well, while the sentiments were nice, Kilmer felt like he had to speak out about the matter, because he actually doesn’t have cancer.
The 56-year-old took to his Facebook page to set the record straight on his health. “I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed. The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play CITIZEN TWAIN. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.”
He continued, “Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn’t being responsible to my health, because of my reliance on prayer and Love. Nothing could be further from the truth. Altho I am very grateful for all the support from around the world, when people found out I had a physical challenge. I hope this puts to rest any further concerns about my health by publications that have no respect for the truth. Whatever led Michael Douglas to speculate about my health, he’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of talent people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm.”
For those who may not remember, Douglas beat stage 4 oral cancer back in 2013. As for Val, he was treated at a hospital in 2015, which ended up sparking rumors about his own health.
“Thank you all for your love and support. There’s a rumor I’m unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue,” Val wrote on Facebook last October. “I was in to verify I have no tumor or infection of any kind, which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA.”