Syndicated columnist, author and political commentator Charles Krauthammer revealed in a letter on Friday that he has just weeks to live due to cancer.
In the letter shared by Fox News, the Pullitzer Prize-winner explained why he’s been “uncharacteristically silent these past ten months.” Krauthammer shared that he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen last August which was thought to be success. Unfortunately the procedure “caused a cascade of secondary complications – which I have been fighting in the hospital ever since."
As time went on Krauthammer thought that he was finally on the road to recovery but recent tests revealed that the cancer had returned.
While sad to leave, he assures everyone that he will “leave this life with no regrets.”
“This is the final verdict. My fight is over,” Krauthammer wrote.
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with great loves and great endeavors that made it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
Krauthammer has been a columnist at the Washington Post since 1984 and a longtime Fox News contributor.
He also published the letter on the Post's website.
Read the full letter below:
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.
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 caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. 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.
However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. 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.
I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.
Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given 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.
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.