Riverdance star Michael Flatley diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ cancer


Riverdance star Michael Flatley has been diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ cancer and has had surgery

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king of dance and River dance star Michael Flatley is recovering from surgery at home following a cancer diagnosis, his team announced Wednesday.

“Dear friends, we have something personal to share, Michael Flatley has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer,” the Instagram statement read, alongside a black and white photo of Flatley standing on a beach looking out over the ocean.

“He has had surgery and is being cared for by an excellent team of doctors,” the post continued. “No further comments will be made at this time. We are just asking for your prayers and well wishes. Thank you. 🙏🏻 Team Lord.”

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The Irish dancer, 64, received some well wishes from followers in the comments.

“All my thoughts and prayers are with you Michael 🙏 The whole world is with you!” commented one fan, while another wrote, “God bless you, Michael. Hope you make a full recovery.”

“As a cancer survivor all I can say is trust your medical team and stay positive. There are so many new drugs available now, thanks to all the research,” one follower wrote before sending a message to Flatley’s wife and son. “Stay Strong Michael and Niamh ❤️”

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Flatley also had cancer in 2003 when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma after being noticed by a viewer on MTV during a performance.

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He was later successfully treated for skin cancer, the Irish independent“It was purely coincidental that it was noticed. I had never noticed it before … it can be a frightening place to be.”

He wrote about it in his autobiography, saying, “Such fear makes you even more aware that you must live every moment while you can.”