Beloved Fox News star Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist who went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, revealed on Friday that he only has weeks (or maybe just days) to live. In a heartbreaking letter shared by Fox News, he explained that he is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.
The 68-year-old’s political commentary had been absent from Fox for the last 10 months as he battled a tumor in his abdomen. Viewers and Fox News colleagues alike held out hope that he would go into remission and return to work–but instead, the opposite happened.
In an eloquent letters addressed to his co-workers, Krauthammer revealed he only has weeks left to live.
He wrote, “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. 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.”
“My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict,” he continued. “My fight is over.”
Krauthammer will no doubt be missed by Fox viewers. He was known to be brilliant but also had a unique charm. He was known as the dean of “The Fox News All Stars,” which was a political panel on Bret Baier’s hit show “Special Report.”
Krauthammer attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1975, despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic.
After med school he became the chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, hestudied depression and published ground-breaking findings in the nation’s top academic journals.
But that all changed when, in 1978, he took a job working for the Carter Administration planning psychiatric research and later worked as a speech writer for Walter Mondale. At the same time, Krauthammer began writing and eventually landed a regular gig at the Washington Post. He even won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for his work.
The brilliant thinker wrote, “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.”
Krauthammer will be forever remembered as a sharp and principled mind who had a profound impact on conservative thought. He will be missed.