Greatest Showman star’s life-threatening battle
THE Greatest Showman star Sam Humphrey is fighting for his life after undergoing “extremely risky” surgery — according to reports.
American news siteTMZ claims the 24-year-old Australian actor is being treated in Los Angeles for complications caused by Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that can affect the colon and ileum — causing discomfort for sufferers.
The condition is lifelong and can cause symptoms including weight loss, fatigue, stomach aches and cramps.
Sam’s family have also released a statement confirming the star is undergoing treatment.
“He is currently under the care of some of the best doctors in the world at Cedars Sinai and is undergoing high-risk corrective surgery,” the statement says.
Humphrey was one of the stars of the blockbuster 2017 film The Greatest Showman alongside fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, and A-listers Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya.
🏆OSCARS2018VANITYFAIR🏆 Hanging with the beautiful and talented @zendaya – Such a pleasure to work with someone so sweet… Love her!! 😊❤️🎩@VanityFair @Oscars_2018live @GreatestShowman @20thcenturyfox pic.twitter.com/oJfD478o4z— SAM HUMPHREY (@RealSamHumphrey)
🎩THE GREATEST SHOWMAN🎩 On set @steiner_studios – P.T. Barnum “ If you ride out there tonight, you’ll be the tallest bravest man in NYC City – Be proud of who you are Charles” – Such a beautiful shot of myself and Hugh, so touching; I love this photo!! 😪❤️🎩 pic.twitter.com/lqhEVpzq7W— SAM HUMPHREY (@RealSamHumphrey)
The actor, originally born in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, played the character Charles Stratton (aka General Tom Thumb) — based on a real actor who lived in the 1800s.
The Greatest Showman was a hit with cinemagoers — and was nominated for an Oscar for its soundtrack.
The semibiographical musical — based on the life of P.T. Barnum — was Humphrey’s first big screen role.
Humphrey had previously starred in several episodes of Aussie soap, Neighbours, between 2016 and 2017.
Speaking of working with his Aussie co-star Jackman, Humphrey said he was humbled.
“Hugh is very radiant, majestic and tall; no wonder I always look up to him (just a short joke, double pun!)” he joked on Instagram earlier this year.
“But seriously he’s truly a legend!! Can’t wait to work with him again.”