It’s been reported that Val Kilmer has been neglecting treatment for a possible tumor because of his Christian Science beliefs. Concerned family members have talked to the media and revealed that the actor knew about the tumor since summer. Followers of Christian Science advocate prayer as the first (and sometimes the only) solution for any ailment. However, Val Kilmer was forced to go to the hospital last Monday after he started coughing up blood.
Val Kilmer posted a message on his Facebook page addressing the situation and dismissing the rumors surrounding the tumor. “Thank you for all your sweet support,” Val Kilmer wrote on Saturday. “But I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operation, 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.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 1, 2015
“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,” Val Kilmer added. “I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don’t worry.”
However, Val Kilmer’s publicist is singing a different tune. Liz Rosenberg, Kimer’s publicist, told the Associated Press that Kilmer was undergoing tests for a possible tumor. She said that the doctors are encouraged that Kilmer will make a full recovery from the tumor… the same tumor that Kilmer seems to be denying.
Despite the conflicting updates from Kilmer and his publicist, the family revealed that after the recent scare, Kilmer has been more receptive to the idea of receiving traditional medicine to treat his illness.
Rumors about Val Kilmer’s health began circulating after he made a series of public appearances looking like he lost a lot of weight.