Val Kilmer had fans fearing for his life once again on Dec. 4 when he spotted out with what appeared to be a breathing aid around his neck. He’s denied any sort of illness in the past, but could this be a sign that something more serious is going on?
Less than two months after declaring that he has “no tumor or infection of any kind,” Val Kilmer, 55, was spotted out in Malibu, Calif. wearing what appeared to be tracheostomy tube. The sight of the breathing aid immediately sparked new concerns among the actor’s fans, who are now concerned for his life!
In new images that surfaced on Dec. 4, the Top Gun star could be seen with a medical device around his neck and a red bandana hanging loosely below it. The device looked suspiciously like a tracheostomy tube, which according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is “a surgically made hole that goes through the front of your neck and into your trachea or windpipe to help you breathe.” The tube is typically given to those who have been put on a ventilator machine and/or have suffered from congenital defects, severe infections, removal of the larynx (for example, from cancer) and neuromuscular diseases among other reasons. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PHOTOS OF VAL.
Val Kilmer Denies Rumors Of Health Issues
The actor has appeared mostly covered up in recent months, wearing scarves and shirts buttoned tightly around his neck, even in the dead of summer. The odd fashion choices have caused concern among fans, who took it as a sign of failing health. Val however, vehemently denied any such health issues back in October, dispelling rumors that he had a tumor after being spotted at the UCLA Medial Center.
“Thank you all for your love and support. There’s a rumor I’m unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue. I was in to verify I have no tumor or infection of any kind which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.
Prior to his October visit however, Val was rushed to the hospital in January to undergo tests for a possible tumor.”I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, 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,” Kilmer told fans following his release from the medical center in February. Whatever is going on with Val, we continue to wish him all the best and hope that this device is not a sign of a more serious health issue.
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