Although rumors are circulating that the comic actor is dead, Val Kilmer is still very much alive! Val Edward Kilmer (born December 31, 1959) is a veteran American actor and entertainer who became famous for his roles in Top Gun and Willow. However, he has been absent from the movie scene for a while due to health complications.
Val was diagnosed with throat cancer after being admitted for a potential tumor in 2005. He is now well and back to good health. Therefore rumors of his death circulating on social media are entirely false! Moreover, the 63-year-old American actor has since returned to acting.
What is Val Kilmer’s Medical Condition?
In 2005, Val Kilmer was admitted to the hospital for a potential tumor. The talented actor confirmed this in an interview with PEOPLE. Further reports also confirmed that he had been battling throat cancer for nearly two years. The treatment he was placed on to combat his throat issues allegedly lowered his voice pitch and caused difficulty breathing.
Kilmer underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and six years after being diagnosed with throat cancer he got a new lease on life and was declared cancer free. He also underwent a tracheostomy treatment that almost permanently ruined his voice.
After previously denying rumors that he had been diagnosed with cancer, Kilmer confirmed that he had experienced healing in April 2017. However, in 2020, he revealed that he had been cancer-free for over four years.
Val Kilmer Is Now Cancer-free
Val loves to live boldly despite having throat cancer. The Saturn Award nominee opened up about his health battles in his latest Amazon documentary, Val. More so, the actor was featured on the cover of the PEOPLE on May 15, 2022. In both of these issues, he impressed fans with a side of himself they hadn’t seen before as he attempted to make a sensational return to the big screen.
Val Kilmer Regained His Voice With The Help of AI Technology
Val Kilmer lost his voice to the rigorous treatments he underwent for his cancer diagnosis in 2015. Although the treatment effectively ended the throat cancer, his voice was many pitches and baritones lower than it used to be. Of course, being a professional comedy actor, it wasn’t easy for Val to live without his voice.
Thanks to AI technology, Val Kilmer can speak again. To communicate, he plugs an electric voice box into his trachea. For this to be possible, the actor underwent fresh rounds of chemotherapy and two tracheostomies.
Is Val Kilmer Still Alive?
Contrary to rumors making the rounds, American actor Val Kilmer is still alive! Tales of the actor’s alleged demise attracted traction in March 2017 after an R.I.P. Val Kilmer Facebook post gained over one million likes in a few days.
The post indicated that Kilmer died on December 21, 2022, at about 11 a.m. ET. However, the news is entirely false! The page admin probably released it to gain more followers.
Val Kilmer’s Reps Confirmed He Is Still Alive
In a swift reaction, the actor’s reps confirmed that Val Kilmer is still alive. He joins the long list of actors who this hoax has victimized. “He is still alive and well; stop believing what you see on the internet,” the statement read.
Val Kilmer has since returned to continue working on the challenges caused by his health. He is back to acting and is anticipated to return to Top Gun: Maverick. He is projected to speak loud enough for nearly any role with the AI tech on his throat.