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Val Kilmer explains why he was hospitalised

January 31, 2015
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Val Kilmer has clarified reports that he was hospitalised after suffering from a suspected tumour. The 55-year-old Batman actor confirmed that he was taken to a Los Angeles hospital but said that he cause was "a complication" and not at tumour. "Thank you for all your sweet support," wrote Val in a post on his official Facebook page. "But 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. "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," he added. "I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don't worry. Love and deep affection, Val."

Val confirmed he was treated at an LA hospital due to a "complication"

Val's statement came after TMZ reported that he was taken to hospital on Monday night after suffering bleeding from the throat due to a suspected tumour. The Santa Monica Fire Department confirmed to People magazine that a man was transported from Val's address to the hospital after a 911 call was made on 26 January. "We received a call at 11:31 p.m. from that address," said a spokesperson for the department. "He was transported ALS to the hospital." People reported that ALS, which stands for advanced life support, paramedics usually respond to "more serious emergencies and can administer IVs, more medications and other support" compared to a private ambulance.

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Val with his son Jack in January 2015

It was first thought that Val's health issue could stretch back several months. "In October Val was in [a] small claims court over a dispute with his former landlord and he told the judge he was unable to speak because his tongue was swollen," wrote TMZ. The actor's last public appearance came earlier this month when he attended a Los Angeles Clippers game with his son.

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Val with his son and daughter in December 2014

Willow actor Val is father to two children, a 23-year-old daughter called Mercedes and a 19-year-old son named Jack, from his marriage to British actress Joanne Whalley. The couple married in 1988 and went their separate ways eight years later in 1996. Jack has a modelling contract with French fashion brand Saint Laurent and recently starred in a campaign alongside Pierce Brosnan's son Dylan.

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