Val’s brave can­cer bat­tle

The for­mer Top Gun heart-throb is get­ting back on top af­ter his shock can­cer di­ag­no­sis

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His body may have been rav­aged by can­cer, but Hol­ly­wood star Val Kilmer isn’t let­ting it beat him! The ac­tor, who is still re­cov­er­ing af­ter a two-year bat­tle with throat can­cer and sub­se­quent surgery on his tra­chea, is out of hid­ing and bravely go­ing back to what he loves most.

In­deed, on May 19, Val beamed as he posed with fans at Mo­tor City Comic Con in Detroit – just one of many Comic Con ap­pear­ances he’s set to make in the com­ing weeks.

“He ap­peared in good spir­its,” noted one fan who met him at the event. “Val was so gra­cious and smiled this huge smile when we walked into the photo booth,” added an­other.

And Val isn’t fin­ished do­ing the rounds with his fans yet. Next month he’ll host a string of meet-and-greet screen­ings of Cit­i­zen Twain – a film ver­sion of his one-man stage show – in cities across the US.

Yep, hav­ing fi­nally con­firmed he’d been suf­fer­ing from can­cer last May in a Red­dit chat fol­low­ing years of spec­u­la­tion, the Bat­man For­ever star, 58, re­vealed the dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis ac­tu­ally ended up putting things into per­spec­tive for him and gave him a new out­look on life.

“I was too se­ri­ous,” says the fa­ther-of-two, who cred­its chemo­ther­apy and his Chris­tian Sci­ence faith with help­ing him heal. “I’d get up­set when things like Oscars and recog­ni­tion failed to come my way.”

And de­spite re­ports ear­lier this year that Val’s can­cer had re­turned, this time spreading to his lymph nodes, it seems the star’s health is on track again. Glad to have you back, Val! n

The ac­tor was fly­ing high when he starred along­side Tom Cruise in Top Gun in 1986 FAN FAVE Comic Con at­ten­dees in Detroit on May 19 were pleased to see their hero out and about again. “Have re­spect for this liv­ing icon,” gushed one diehard fan. The key­chain Val was sport­ing while out in LA was Bat­man­themed. Cu­uute! While he’s do­ing bet­ter health­wise, Val says he still doesn’t ‘sound like my nor­mal self’. One step at a time, mate!

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