Longtime Fox News contributor and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer died on Thursday, June 21, after a battle with cancer. He was 68.
“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months,” Krauthammer began in a note published by the Washington Post on June 8. “I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you that fate has decided on a different course for me.”
“In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it cased a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since,” he continued. “It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health … 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.”
“R.I.P. good friend. I am sure you will be owning the panel discussion in heaven as well,” he tweeted. “And we’ll make sure your wise words and thoughts — your legacy — will live on here @krauthammer.”
Krauthammer was a conservative political commentator who appeared on various Fox News programs. He was also an author and analyst. He is survived by his wife, Robyn, and their adult son, Daniel.
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