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In Heartbreaking Letter, Charles Krauthammer Announces He Has Weeks To Live

‘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.’


In a heartbreaking letter on Friday, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer announced he is in a losing battle with cancer, saying doctors estimate he has only weeks to live.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” he wrote in a farewell addressed to his colleagues, friends, and viewers published by Fox News. “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, 68, had a cancerous tumor removed from his abdomen last summer, he said, and believed he was in a winning battle for his health in the months since, until doctors found last week the cancer had returned.

“There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly,” he wrote. “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.”

Although he was in a diving board accident that left him paralyzed in his first year at Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer graduated in 1975. He had a brief career in psychiatry, before taking a job in the Jimmy Carter administration and later transitioning into journalism. He won a Pulitzer Prize for political commentary in 1985, and was a regular on the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” before his fight with cancer took him off the air some ten months ago.

“I leave this life with no regrets,” he concludes in his letter. “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.”

Friends and colleagues expressed shock and sadness at the news on Friday.

In a statement on Friday, Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch characterized Krauthammer as a “guiding star in a turbulent world.”

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. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.

Read the full letter from Krauthammer here.