A conservative commentator who appears regularly on Fox News announced today that he is dying from cancer and has just weeks left to live.
Charles Krauthammer, 68, broke the news in The Washington Post, where he has written a column since 1984. His announcement was also read on the Fox News Channel.
Krauthammer, who underwent surgery back in August to remove a cancerous tumor from his abdomen, wrote that the cancer has returned, adding that 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.”
Krauthammer added: “I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am 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. 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.”
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News, said in a statement: “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News. His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer.”
Here’s part of Krauthammer’s biography, from Wikipedia:
“While in his first year studying at Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer became permanently paralyzed from the neck down after a diving board accident, severing the spinal cord at C5. After spending 14 months recovering in a hospital, he returned to medical school, graduating to become a psychiatrist involved in the creation of the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III,’ and later developing a career as a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer. He was a weekly panelist on PBS news program ‘Inside Washington’ from 1990 until it ceased production in December 2013. He was a contributing editor to ‘The Weekly Standard’ and a nightly panelist on Fox News Channel’s ‘Special Report with Bret Baier.'”