Actor Michael Douglas cancels Hong Kong visit as he battles tumor
Actor Michael Douglas has pulled out of an appearance at a Hong Kong conference as he undergoes treatment for a throat tumor, organizers said Wednesday.
The Oscar-winning actor and producer, 65, was due to be the keynote speaker at the CLSA Investors Forum in Hong Kong in September and to attend the Asian premiere of his latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, dpa reported.
However, a spokeswoman for the marketing department at CLSA, a brokerage and investment group, said Douglas had cancelled his appearance as keynote speaker at the four-day conference starting September 13.
"Mr Douglas will no longer be attending," the spokeswoman said. "It is because of his health issues. We will be making a formal announcement later this week."
Douglas, a former smoker, is reportedly undergoing an eight-week course of chemotherapy starting this week after a tumor was detected on his throat.
Past keynote speakers at the annual CLSA Investors Forum in Hong Kong include former US president Bill Clinton and former US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.