Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill battling cancer and says he’s ‘not afraid to die’
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Actor Sam Neill has confirmed he is undergoing treatment for stage three blood cancer.
The 75-year-old actor shared the news in his upcoming memoir, Did I Ever Tell You This, where he writes in the first chapter that he is "possibly dying."
Neill revealed that he decided to seek medical attention and treatment after noticing that he had lumpy glands on his neck while he was doing a publicity tour last year for the film Jurassic World Dominion.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, he said: "The thing is, I'm crook. Possibly dying.'
"I may have to speed this up. I found myself with nothing to do.
"And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, 'what am I going to do?"
Sam told the publication that he's "not afraid to die" but it would "annoy" him because he would want to live longer.
Talking about his diagnosis, the Hollywood star told the BBC that he has "a ferocious type of aggressive" non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The diagnosis led him to start writing his memoirs as a distraction which also gave him "a reason to get through the day."
He told BBC: "I didn't think I had a book in me, I just thought I'd write some stories. And I found it increasingly engrossing.
"A year later, not only have I written the book – I didn't have a ghost writer – but it's come out in record time."
Over the years, Sam has gained over 150 credits over five decades during his career.
From his early role starring in My Brilliant Career (1979) alongside Judy Davis, to his breakthrough role as dinosaur detective Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, Sam has been known to captivate audiences with his undeniable talent.
Born in New Zealand, Sam went on to have two children Elena and Tim and was married to Noriko Watanabe from 1989 to 2017.
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