Val Kilmer has fans worried these days — his once muscular body now looks old and frail, and his blond hair has turned grey. Kilmer has denied rumors that he’s battling throat cancer, despite showing up at church wearing two scarves wrapped around his neck.
Val, 55, is known to be a strict Christian Scientist, even though, according to the Daily Mail, Kilmer finds it “quite a challenging faith,” leaving some fans speculating if he’ll seek treatment. He’s reportedly been relying on his faith to help heal his health problems.
Earlier this year, Kilmer was rushed to the hospital for surgery in which he had to have his throat opened up because “they needed to enlarge a path to facilitate breathing.”
At that time, Val openly denied any rumors his frail appearance was caused by throat cancer, taking to Facebook to explain.
“Thank you for all your sweet support. But I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the ucla ICU. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don’t worry. Love and deep affection, Val.”
He continued the next week, writing, “Thank you all for your prayers, love and support. I’m so happy to say, the emergency that lead me to dial 911 is well over and I’m out of the hospital and in a safe healing environment. The doctors and nurses I met were wonderful and very respectful of my spiritual priorities and I can’t thank you all enough for your professionalism and genuine care.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Top Gun actor was seen as early as last December wearing a scarf at a Lakers game, which he attended with his son Jack, sparking the rumors that the now-frail Kilmer is battling some health condition.
Kilmer has fired back, claiming “friends have assisted who know my spiritual convictions and have been most sensitive and kind for the extra effort in making sure there’s minimum gossip and silly talk.”
Whatever his medical condition — Val is staying mum on the cause — he didn’t look well on an outing in Malibu on Sunday and covered his frail face as he left his church. He also carried a medical-type bag with him, instigating suspicion that he needs to carry the bag around to support his ailing health.
People close to Val Kilmer told TMZ that Val’s family was “upset” that the star has “ignored the [tumor] problem and allowed it to get worse,” causing the once-robust actor to become frail. The Daily Mail reports that anyone, including family, who is close to the actor and insists he seek medical treatment is cut completely out of Val’s life.
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