July 12, 2018

Tom Cruise shares health update on Val Kilmer's cancer battle

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This week actor Tom Cruise gave an update on his Hollywood colleague, Val Kilmer’s health. Kilmer has been battling throat cancer for a number of years.

Cruise spoke to Extra’s Renee Bargh and revealed that Kilmer was “well.” In December, Kilmer finally opened up about his cancer recovery.

Renee Bargh recently interviewed Cruise, 56, in Paris about his Mission: Impossible - Fallout franchise film. There he shared that his Top Gun co-star Kilmer would be returning for the movie’s own sequel.

Kilmer, 58, will reprise his role as Iceman. Giving an update on his co-star’s health, Cruise said, “He’s doing really well.”

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The sequel comes 22 years after the original became a hit.

Kilmer is coming back after a hiatus where he was plagued with rumors about his health. The actor finally came clean about his battle with throat cancer during a December 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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In January 2015, it first became apparent that Kilmer had health issues when a spokesperson shared that the star was rushed to the hospital “for a possible tumor.” Soon after, Kilmer took to Facebook to deny having a tumor.

He called it a mere complication. Further rumors were repeatedly shut down by Kilmer, who was spotted out with a tracheostomy tube in October 2015 and then without it the next February.

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In December last year, the actor finally opened up about his cancer recovery in an interview alongside his children, Mercedes, 26, and Jack, 22, with his ex-wife Joanne Whalley. The article revealed that Kilmer had a two-year fight with throat cancer.

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It was also shared that the disease had ‘taken its toll’ on the family. At the time, Kilmer stated that he had undergone a procedure on his trachea which made his voice raspy and left him short of breath.

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Cruise’s Mission: Impossible - Fallout will open on July 27. He will also return to his role as pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in one year.

He and Kilmer will be seen in theaters on July 12, 2019.

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