According to an Instagram statement, Michael Flatley, an Irish-American dancer, has been diagnosed with “an aggressive form cancer” and had to have surgery.
The 64-year old choreographer and dancer Riverdance was the catalyst for her fame. It was performed in an interval of seven minutes in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.
Flatley posted the following message on his account: “Dear friends. We have something to share. Michael Flatley was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer.
“He is now in the care and supervision of an outstanding team of doctors after he has had surgery.
“No further comments will now be made.
We ask for your prayers, well wishes and support. We are grateful. Teamlord.”
It was made into a full-length production after the success of Riverdance at Eurovision. The show was opened in Dublin’s Point Theatre, Dublin, in 1995.
Flatley was the son of a Chicago-born Irish-American family. He then created his own stage show, Lord Of The Dance.
He also directed, produced, and created other productions such as Feet Of Flames or Celtic Tiger.
Flatley’s shows were seen by more than 60 million people across 60 countries, and they have earned more than $1bn (PS823m).
Flatley launched a Lord Of The Dance Tour last year to raise funds for the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
He also has expanded his film career, directing and starring as Blackbird in 2018.