Last December, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Val Kilmer got very candid about his two-year battle with throat cancer.
Apparently, he had to undergo a procedure on his trachea, which turned his voice raspy and left him short of breath.
This admission was very difficult for Kilmer to make because the actor has always valued his privacy. In fact, it took him a whole year to finally come clean about his diagnosis, after rumors began to spread about his failing health.
Speculation about Kilmer's illness began back in 2015 when he was photographed with a breathing aid. Despite the fact that his fellow actor Michael Douglas revealed in an interview that Kilmer was "dealing with" cancer, the Top Gun star wrote in a 2016 Facebook post that Douglas was "misinformed" and reassured fans that he was healthy.
"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.
Turns out, he was just deflecting attention away from himself while he underwent treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery. The 58-year-old finally confirmed that he was diagnosed with the disease during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) in May 2017.
"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.
Kilmer admitted to THR that the disease has "taken its toll" on his body, and the recovery process wasn't easy. At the time of the interview, the Batman actor seemed to have been recovering well, however, a new update is indicating otherwise.
According to sources close to Kilmer, the actor is allegedly still fighting the cancer, and his condition has unfortunately worsened.
"Val’s in dire straits," one source told the National Enquirer.
The publication alleged that the actor may have waited too long to seek treatment, so the cancer made its way to his lymph nodes and brain. His friends and family members are worried that his 58th birthday, which was on New Year's Eve, would be his last because his prognosis is looking grim.
"It seems once the cancer metastasizes, it’s very hard to control — even with modern medicine,” a close friend of Kilmer told another news source, Inquisitr.
As a Christian scientist, Kilmer doesn't really believe in using modern medicine to cure disease, but he did make an exception when he underwent chemotherapy for his throat cancer.
“Val’s a devout Christian Scientist who believes a cure is possible through prayer and healing rather than chemotherapy and radiation," added his friend. "He eventually got treatment, but he may have waited too long. His chances seem bleak.”
The Hollywood veteran has previously credited his faith for helping him through the ordeal. His outlook on life also changed since his diagnosis, he has different priorities these days, and values love over everything else.
Kilmer has yet to confirm or deny these rumors, but if the past is of any indication, it could be a while before we actually hear from him.
Here's hoping these rumors are not true for Kilmer's sake. If they are, we're praying that he makes it through his tough ordeal.