Article Nov 23, 2016

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Val Kilmer: 'Michael Douglas apologized after fuelling cancer rumors'

Michael Douglas wrote to Val Kilmer apologizing after he fuelled rumors the actor was battling cancer.

Michael spoke about Val's health during An Evening with Michael Douglas in London in October (16), when he spoke about the movie the pair shot together - 1996's The Ghost and the Darkness.

"The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped but I had a wonderful time. Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him," he said. "My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately."

As Michael himself fought against tongue cancer, it was assumed that's what the actor was referring to.

However, Val took to Facebook to insist he's doesn't have cancer shortly after Michael's interview, and posted again on the social media site on Tuesday night (15Nov16) admitting he had received a letter of apology from his former co-star.

“Michael Douglas wrote me a nice note apologizing for suggesting to the press overseas I ‘wasn't doing too well'...and was grateful to hear I am doing well,” Val wrote. "He's a classy guy."

Val has been at the centre of rumors about his health for the past few years, but has always insisted that his health struggles are not to do with cancer.

"I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed," he wrote on his Facebook page shortly after Michael's remarks. "The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when 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. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily."