While discussing their 1996 drama The Ghost and the Darkness during a Q&A in London on Sunday, October 30, Michael said, “Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.”
He added, “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
The Q&A was hosted by Jonathon Ross.
In 2015, rumors began circling that Val, 56, had throat cancer after he was photographed with what looked like a tracheostomy tube around his neck. However, he denied the claims on Facebook.
He also lent his voice to a 2014 episode of the animated comedy series Robot Chicken.
Michael, 72, beat stage 4 oral cancer in 2013.