It is with great sadness we must report that Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist and Fox News personality Charles Krauthammer has announced he has only weeks to live, due to complications of cancer.
“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” Krauthammer wrote in a letter published in the Washington Post. “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.”
The 68-year-old revealed that after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen last summer, he has suffered complications and now the cancer has returned.
“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,” he wrote.
Krauthammer thanked his doctors, his colleagues, his readers, and his viewers for making his career possible and giving “consequence to my life’s work.”
“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,” he wrote.
Those that know him, love him, admire his work, and value his insights set Twitter alight with tributes.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 8, 2018
I knew this was coming, but that doesn't lessen the agony of this announcement. Charles Krauthammer is one of the most brilliant, decent, humane, impressive people I have ever had the honor to know, never mind call a friend. I am heartbroken over this. https://t.co/DRC8YoFwN0
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 8, 2018
Fox News just read a letter from @krauthammer saying he has only a few weeks left to live b/c of an aggressive cancer. He has been an amazing colleague and friend. He was brilliant, generous, kind and an inspiration to everyone who met him. Keep him and his family in your prayers
— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) June 8, 2018
Charles Krauthammer is a monumental thinker who will go down in history as a key force in the revivification of philosophical and practical conservatism. This is absolutely tragic. https://t.co/bptHVyroED
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 8, 2018
Praying for you my friend @krauthammer God’s grace is on you. Fight on friend.
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) June 8, 2018
Charles Krauthammer dove the wrong way into a too-shallow pool during his first year at Harvard Medical school and became a lifetime paraplegic. Some people might have used that as an excuse to hang it up in self-pity, but he just kept excelling from there.
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) June 8, 2018
Prayers for @krauthammer and his family. His legacy and wisdom will go on forever. One of the smartest people I’ve talked conservatism with. He inspired people like me to want to do this job, and, with any luck, do it half as well as he could. https://t.co/mKlerE1oSv
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) June 8, 2018
In an era when anybody with a keyboard can vent their opinion, it's hard to say any pundit is irreplaceable. But that's the word I keep thinking about when I process the sad @krauthammer news. He is literally irreplaceable.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 8, 2018
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 8, 2018
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) June 8, 2018
This is incredibly sad to hear. I always looked up to @krauthammer and hoped to one day meet him. The Right is losing a great thinker. How rare it is that we get goodbyes like this. He will be truly missed. https://t.co/5SQxsntFZM
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) June 8, 2018
Charles Krauthammer peaked early when he won the Pulitzer in commentary in 1985. He would've won more if there weren't an informal rule against repeat Pulitzer opinion winners. His syndicated columns were a treasure of insight and eagerly awaited by @detroitnews readers each week
— Richard Burr (@RichardBurr_DN) June 8, 2018
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) June 8, 2018
God Bless you Mr Krauthammer, a man of integrity and world changing spirit who never allowed his 'handicap' to stand in the way of his goals. World needs more men like you. @krauthammer https://t.co/gmWe3fOe08
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 8, 2018
Fox News' Chris Wallace tells Charles Krauthammer: "I want you to know I love you" pic.twitter.com/qIhpJG0GEl
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 8, 2018
Incredibly sad news about Charles Krauthammer. His TWS archive is here, with some of his best longform stuff ever. I'm going to pass along some of my personal favorites… https://t.co/6BlbkBQinh
— Jonathan V. Last (@JVLast) June 8, 2018
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 8, 2018
I often disagreed with Charles Krauthammer's columns, but always benefited and learned by reading them. He and his work will be greatly missed. https://t.co/zppjfmC6Vz
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) June 8, 2018
Charles Krauthammer is an extraordinary man and exceptional intellect. Laser focus but so kind and funny. First time I did @specialreport Charles said "Hi, Tom, I like your work." I was so excited I just smiled liked a moron. Second time he teased me about my rather unruly beard.
— Tom Rogan (@TomRtweets) June 8, 2018
Very sad. @Krauthammer was the first conservative columnist I read on a regular basis, in the 80s in TIME Magazine. Brilliant, serious man who's had a long & eventful career & overcome a lot. God bless. https://t.co/XpBariHhGJ
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 8, 2018
Too many stories about people taking their lives. Here is a man who fought for life in the face of catastrophic tragedies. With the world's news, you can get the impression life is not worth living. Charles Krauthammer proves that wrong. Join me in prayers for him & his family.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 8, 2018
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) June 8, 2018
A remarkable man, a remarkable voice, a remarkable farewell letter. It was a great gift to read his columns and I feel very fortunate that I was able to conduct a sweeping hour-long intv w him several years ago https://t.co/k28IyVGdhs
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) June 8, 2018
Krauthammer’s letter concludes: “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.”
The loss of this great American patriot will be tragic. But for now, he is still with us, and he is beloved.
God bless you, Charles Krauthammer.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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