Sweedish actor Dolph Lundgren, famed for his role in "Rocky IV," has married personal trainer Emma Krokdal, amid a daunting battle with cancer. The 65-year-old actor exchanged vows with Krokdal, 27, in a close-knit ceremony held at their villa in Mykonos, Greece, on July 13th.
The couple expressed their joy to People magazine, stating, “We chose to celebrate our love by getting married at our villa in Mykonos with family and a few close friends." They have had to postpone their plans several times due to Lundgren's ongoing treatment and the ongoing global pandemic.
Still, they felt it was the right moment to honor their commitment to each other.
Mykonos Wedding: A Love Celebration
The pair, who first announced their engagement in June 2020, delightedly revealed, "We felt it was finally the right time to celebrate love, life, and happiness — in the land of the Gods." In the days leading up to the ceremony, Krokdal teased fans with picturesque snapshots of their Mykonos adventure, filled with exquisite dinners, yacht trips, and awe-inspiring views.
Lundgren, also renowned for his role in “The Expendables,” hinted at the impending nuptials by sharing a cozy picture of him and Krokdal in a pool with the caption, “Tomorrow is the day. Mykonos”. He first publicized his engagement to Krokdal with an Instagram post showing her flaunting her ring, captioned “Something very special happened here in Sweden”.
The duo began their love story after Lundgren was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. The “Creed II” star initially kept his diagnosis private until May, when he disclosed his health journey on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger”.
Lundgren opened up about his condition, revealing that a kidney tumor was discovered and removed, but a biopsy confirmed it was malignant. Lundgren underwent routine scans, initially every six months, then annually. After five years of no recurrences, he announced in 2020 that cancer had returned, this time with six tumors in his liver and kidneys.
He revealed the devastating physical toll it took, with Krokdal adding the impact it had on his daily life, from soreness in the mouth and hands to losing weight due to eating difficulties. The situation was grim as Lundgren was given a few years to live.
However, the actor didn't lose hope, seeking a second opinion from Dr. Alexandra Drakaki, who treated his cancer by targeting a specific mutation in his tumors. In three months, his tumors had shrunk by 20-30%, and by 90% overall. Lundgren expressed his gratitude for this new lease on life, saying he felt "lucky" to be alive.