- Val Kilmer denied that he is afflicted with cancer as claimed by fellow actor Michael Douglas
- Kilmer was suspected to have such disease because of his pictures that showed him apparently with a tracheotomy tube last year
- Kilmer acknowledged that his recent silence brought up speculation that he was putting his Christian Scientist faith ahead of his health
Val Kilmer denied on social media that he is afflicted with cancer as claimed by fellow actor Michael Douglas.
“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed,” Kilmer who co-starred with his 72-year old friend Douglas in the 1996 top-grosser “The Ghost and the Darkness,” posted on Facebook Tuesday,
“I hadn’t talked to him for nearly two years,” added Kilmer.
Douglas had told an audience in London over the weekend that Kilmer was “dealing with exactly what I had,” referring to oral cancer.
Kilmer was suspected to have been afflicted with the disease since pictures showed him apparently with a tracheotomy tube last year.
“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,'” Kilmer wrote, referring to his one-man show about the author Mark Twain.
“I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily,” he quipped.
Kilmer acknowledged that his recent silence may have spiked speculation that he was putting his Christian Scientist faith — which stresses the primacy of prayer over medical treatment — ahead of his health.
“Whatever led Michael Douglas to speculate about my health, he’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of (talented) people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm,” Kilmer said as per report of GMA News.
Two-time Oscar winner Douglas, a two-time Oscar awardee, revealed in 2010 that he was battling stage four throat cancer, but beat the disease through a barrage of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.