Magician and illusionist Criss Angel has had to cancel his forthcoming 'Believe' magic shows in Las Vegas due to a heart-breaking family emergency. He was due to headline at the Luxor casino-hotel with his 7-year-running Cirque Du Soleil show.
However, on October 23rd, he took to Twitter to announce that his little boy, 2-year-old Johnny, has been tragically diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a malignant cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues. He revealed:
This was the first time that Angel had missed a show in more than 3,000 performances. Putting family first and showing what a wonderful father he is, he flew back to Australia immediately to be with his son during this difficult time. The magic man then followed up his first tweet with a couple more, including one of him comforting his little boy in his arms.
He captioned the image:
"Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers."
Not much is known about the condition of the youngster but in a most recent update, Angel did confirm that Johnny is currently undergoing his fourth day of chemotherapy.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the prognosis for children who receive such treatment is good, although obviously there are some specifics for each individual case that can vary the outcome.
We wish the family every strength in this difficult time and a speedy recovery for little Johnny!