In late January 2015, Kilmer was hospitalized. TMZ reported that paramedics rushed to the actor's home after someone called 911, stating that he'd been bleeding from his throat. Kilmer reportedly underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. A rep for the actor released a statement saying Kilmer was undergoing tests for a possible tumor, doctors were optimistic about his prognosis, and he was being cared for by his two adult children.
Kilmer disputed his own rep's statement, writing on Facebook, "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."
However, Kilmer did admit he had been hospitalized, adding, "Thank you all for your prayers, love and support. I'm so happy to say, the emergency that lead me to dial 911 is well over and I'm out of the hospital and in a safe healing environment. The doctors and nurses I met were wonderful and very respectful of my spiritual priorities and I can't thank you all enough for your professionalism and genuine care." The actor also tweeted a photo on his way home from the hospital in which he sported a high-necked hoodie and a big smile with the caption, "FREEDOM!"