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Charles Krauthammer: ‘I Have Only A Few Weeks Left to Live’

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org

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Noted Washington Post columnist and Fox News personality Charles Krauthammer revealed in a powerful letter that he is facing cancer and has only weeks left to live.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” Krauthammer wrote in the 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.”

In August of last year, Krauthammer said he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his 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,” Krauthammer added. “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.”

Krauthammer said his doctors told him he has “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,” Krauthammer offered.

Krauthammer said he leaves this “wonderful life” with no regrets.

In a separate piece titled “Fridays without Charles,” the newspaper’s editorial board praised the veteran commentator and journalist for writing with “breathtaking range and intelligence and integrity.”

“We know we speak for many of you when we say that nothing and no one can replace him,” the editorial board wrote. “Charles wrote for the right reasons. Lord knows — and presidents, from right to left, can attest — he didn’t seek invitations to White House dinners or other badges of approval from the powerful. He sought, rather, to provoke us to think, to enlarge our understanding, at times to make us laugh. Like few others, he succeeded, week after week, Friday after Friday, year after year. His unsparing judgments were cheered by some readers while angering others. But few could disagree that he wrote a column of breathtaking range and intelligence and integrity.”