World's most famous tap dancer Michael Flatley is battling an aggressive form of cancer
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What type of cancer the star has, doctors don't installed. He was already battling melanoma, which he was diagnosed with in 2003.
Irish-American dancer and choreographer Michael Flatley, 64, is battling an aggressive form of cancer and recently underwent major surgery. The fact that he has been diagnosed with cancer is reported on his social media page.
“Michael Flatley has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He underwent surgery and is in the care of an excellent team of doctors. No further comments have been made at this time We ask only for your prayers and good wishes. Thank you,” the message reads against the background of a photo of Michael, who is standing on the beach and looking at the sea.
Michael, known by the nickname “Celtic Tiger”, is currently recovering from surgery. His 44-year-old wife Niam and 15-year-old son Michael are with him now.
This is not the first time the dancer has been battling cancer. In 2003, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. The attentive viewer of the MTV channel was the first to notice her, unmistakably recognizing the symptoms of a serious illness.
“We were at the fifth anniversary of Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas and I was doing an interview with MTV. Someone watched the interview and brought it to the attention of my personal assistant and said, 'Did you ever notice the brown spot on Michael's face?' “I never even noticed it. They told me to go and have a look. I did, and the doctor immediately took a sample. The next day I was flying to Barbados, and he called me and asked me to come. I said I was leaving for the airport, and will he mind if I call him when I get back? He said, “No, I need you to come immediately.” It was a little scary. I canceled the flight and went straight to him. He said that if I launched the disease for a few more weeks, he probably could not have done anything for me,” Flatley later said in his interviews.
According to the artist, then the disease seriously changed his outlook on life, especially on his wealth and wealth. He began to value family and loved ones more.
Michael is a well-known philanthropist. A dancer from Chicago has hosted special Christmas parties for poor children at his home in north Cork. In 2003, he received a special award from Prince Rainier of Monaco for his support of various charities.
Flatley's popularity caught up with the Irish dance production Riverdance, which was first performed during the seven-minute break at Eurovision in 1994. Then this production grew into a full-fledged Lord Of The Dance show. The main role of the King of the Dance, opposing the evil Don Dorha and his robbers, was played by Flatley himself. Many artists became famous for their participation in Lord of the Dance and also became popular. The show made several tours in Europe and the United States, and the DVD with its recording went platinum. Flatley and the artists of Lord of the Dance also performed at the 1997 Oscars.
Michael held the Guinness World Record for the fastest tap dancer in the world three times (for example, in 1989 – 28 strokes per second, in 1998 – 35 beats per second). The artist's legs are insured for $40 million.