Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer released a statement this morning about his recent health issues. In it, he revealed that he has, at most, only a few weeks left to live.
For months, Krauthammer has not revealed much about his health issues, which have kept him off of the air for nearly a year. Now, he has revealed that he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, one which doctors say will claim his life in a matter of weeks.
In his farewell letter, he thanked his family, friends, and colleagues, and says he leaves this life with no regrets.
Krauthammer was paralyzed in diving accident in his first year as a student at Harvard. That did not stop him from pursuing a medical career, and he eventually moved into politics after serving in the Carter White House.
He has become the preeminent voice of conservatism, and his insight, humor, and professionalism has earned him the respect of journalists and politicians across the spectrum.
“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” the letter began. “I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.”
Krauthammer, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, explained that he had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen last August. Although a series of setbacks left him in the hospital in the ensuing months, he believed until recently that he was on the road to recovery.
“However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” Krauthammer wrote. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”
Fox News viewers will undoubtedly miss Krauthammer’s formidable intellect and ability to analyze politics and politicians with a cerebral wit and keen charm. As the dean of “The Fox News All Stars,” the panel of pundits who break down headlines and events nightly on Fox News Channel’s top-rated “Special Report,” Krauthammer could be counted on to make viewers think, question and even chuckle.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke about Krauthammer earlier.
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Krauthammer’s life stretched from the medical field to the White House, and finally, to Fox News.
Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in the medical field when he veered first into policy, and then into journalism. After medical school, he became chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied depression and published ground-breaking findings in top medical journals. But in 1978, he took a job in the Carter administration directing planning in psychiatric research and later served as a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale.
It was in the nation’s capital that Krauthammer trained his mind and talents on political analysis and began penning columns for The New Republic, Time magazine and finally the Washington Post. In 1985, he won journalism’s top prize for his weekly political commentary. In his sobering farewell, Krauthammer said he is “grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”
“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote. “It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
Here is the full announcement as it happened Friday morning on Fox News.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles Krauthammer, his family, and his colleagues at Fox News.