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Val Kilmer Illness: Is He Unable To Speak?

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The Hollywood legend has spent the last seven years dealing with a condition that has changed the course of his career, including a tracheotomy that has rendered speech difficult, if not impossible.

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Top Gun: Maverick, released earlier this summer, marked the triumphant comeback to the silver screen of Hollywood star Val Kilmer

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Kilmer, who is now 62 years old, was quiet for two years between 2015 and 2017 as he processed a devastating diagnosis of throat cancer.

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According to CNN, during the height of his career, the actor helped bring in over $2 billion for Hollywood. His oeuvre includes such classics as the original Top Gun and Batman Forever

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In a candid interview, Kilmer revealed that he initially resisted going to the doctor. Kilmer's kids finally got him to agree to treatment for his throat cancer

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Sadly, Kilmer's treatments required a tracheostomy tube and a feeding tube, thus rendering him unable to talk as he previously had.

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"Now that it's more difficult to speak, I want to share my story more than ever," says Kilmer in the upcoming documentary Val, which will look back at the actor's life and career leading up to his cancer diagnosis and treatment.