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UPDATED Kevin Sorbo's ThunderCon appearance cancelled

Actor had been billed as a featured guest

THUNDER BAY -- Organizers of ThunderCon, a two-day event scheduled for Thunder Bay in October have announced that Kevin Sorbo will not participate after all.

Just 10 days ago, they issued a news release with the headline "ThunderCon guest list features Legendary Might of actor Kevin Sorbo."

The American actor is best known for his on-screen roles as Hercules and as Captain Dylan Hunt in the sci-fi series Andromeda 

"I am so excited that we are able to bring Kevin Sorbo to Thunder Bay," ThunderCon executive officer Toller Madsen said in a news release on March 2. "Big screen or small, he's a talent whose fans cross both genres and the globe. We are very lucky to be able to bring him to ThunderCon."

On Monday, the ThunderCon website stated: "It’s with regret that, due to circumstances beyond our control, Kevin Sorbo will not be attending ThunderCon 2018. We apologize to any fans who may be inconvenienced..."

The notice offered no explanation for the cancellation.

Sorbo is known for his outspoken political views.

On its Facebook page, ThunderCon describes itself as an independent fan event that celebrates "fandom in all its forms."

In a statement issued to Tbnewswatch late in the day, ThunderCon media director Heather Dickson said "we are limited in what we can say about the cancellation. We are a small, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization and as such, need to be sensitive to the concerns of the community in order to continue to run our wonderful event."

The statement said ThunderCon will announce more guests for this year's event in the coming weeks.