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Dolph Lundgren has got married after doctor told him he only has a few years left to live

Dolph Lundgren has got married after doctor told him he only has a few years left to live

The Rocky actor has tied the knot in Greece

Rocky star Dolph Lundgren has tied the knot with his 27-year-old girlfriend after revealing his cancer had given him 'two to three years' to live.

The 65-year-old wed Emma Krokdal, who he has been with for three years, in a romantic ceremony in Mykonos, Greece.

According to the newlyweds, their decision to host the union in the beautiful Mediterranean spot came after a challenging few years.

"With both COVID and a long road of challenging medical treatments, we've had to push our marriage plans many times," they said.

Dolph Lundgren and his girlfriend tied the knot in Mykonos.
Instagram/Dolph Lundgren

Lundgren, who is best known as the villain in the fourth Rocky film, has only recently opened up about his cancer battle - eight years after he was diagnosed.

In 2015, doctors found tumours in his kidney.

The tumours were removed and for the next five years, things seemed to have returned to normal.

However, in 2020, he started experiencing acid reflux, and went for an MRI – which revealed there were ‘a few more tumours’ in his abdominal area.

Speaking on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Lundgren explained how he underwent surgery to remove six tumours, but then got a call from the doctor to say they’d found another in the liver.

"At that point, it started to hit me that this is kind of something serious," he said.

Lundgren continued: "They did a scan to prepare for surgery, and the surgeon called me and said, ‘No, it’s grown now. It’s too big. We can’t take it out. It’s like the size of a small lemon.’

"So if they can’t take it out, that means you have to do systemic therapy.

"But then I started getting these side effects where I got diarrhea, and I lost a lot of weight."

Dolph Lundgren got married shortly after going public with his cancer news.
Instagram/Dolph Lundgren

Lundgren had just signed on to do Expendables 4 and the sequel to Aquaman, with both shoots due to take place in London in autumn 2021.

When his doctor told him to take a break from work and spend time with his family, Lundgren asked him the tough question about how long he had left.

Lundgren said: "I think he said two to three years, but I could tell in his voice that he probably thought it was less.

"I thought it was it for sure."

Despite the heartbreaking news, Lundgren isn't feeling too despondent about the prospect of dying.

The Swedish actor said: "You kind look at your life and go, ‘I’ve had a freaking great life’. I’ve led like five lifetimes."

While filming the two films, he decided to seek a second opinion from Dr Alexandra Drakakai, who found a mutation in one of the growths that is common among lung cancer sufferers.

This allowed specialists to try other treatments, and within three months, ‘things were shrinking by 20 to 30 percent’.

As for how things are looking now, Lundgren said: “Hopefully, when they take these out, there’s no cancer activity, and the medication that I’m taking is going to suppress everything else.”

Featured Image Credit: JC Olivera / Stringer/JC Olivera / Contributor