Val Kilmer Opens Up About His Cancer Battle

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Earlier this year, after much speculation surrounding the status of his health, actor Val Kilmer finally confirmed that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The rumors started after the Top Gun star's friend and actor Michael Douglas revealed in an interview that Kilmer was "dealing with" cancer. Concerns grew even more when the actor was spotted walking around with a breathing aid on his neck back in 2015.  

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Kilmer initially denied all the rumors, and wrote a Facebook post to reassure fans that he was doing fine and labelled Douglas as "misinformed."

"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," wrote Kilmer.


A few months after commenting on the speculations, Kilmer backtracked on his statement, and admitted that he did "have a healing of cancer" during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session in May.

"He [Michael Douglas] 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 [sic] healing all the time," Kilmer explained.

Even through cancer and the invasive treatments, the actor has kept busy since the AMA. At the was promoting his film Cinema Twain, which tells the story of author Mark Twain's life, and more recently he starred in The Snowman.

He recently sat down to chat with The Hollywood Reporter and opened up about his life since the cancer diagnosis.

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