Val Kilmer, understandably, hasn’t been up for publicity about it, but Michael Douglas made a statement about his former co-star battling oral cancer.
The 72-year-old actor revealed the news during a Q&A session in London last weekend, while discussing the 1996 film “The Ghost and the Darkness,” also starring Kilmer, Variety reported on Monday.
“The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped but I had a wonderful time,” Douglas, who was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010 and was pronounced cancer-free in 2011, 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.”
Douglas also added, “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
In January 2015, Kilmer denied that he was ill after public reports about his bleeding from the throat.
Rumors again circulated in October 2015 that a tumor had been spotted after a visit to the UCLA Medial Center.
“Thank you all for your love and support,” Kilmer said on a Facebook post at the time. “There’s a rumor I’m unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue. I was in to verify I have no tumor or infection of any kind which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA.”
In 2015, Kilmer, who did not immediately respond to Douglas’ remarks, appeared in photographs wearing a scarf or bandana, that, People surmised, looked like a tracheostomy tube around his neck.
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