For months writer and contributor Charles Krauthammer has been dealing with a medical issue that has only been mentioned on the surface to answer queries from fans that miss having him in his FOX News appearances on “Special Report”. We knew he had been recouping from a surgery, but keeping with personal/ private considerations, no details were given. And now, with his most recent report and prognosis from his personal doctors, Mr. Krauthammer has released the sad news…
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.
He has written his own eulogy, and it is simple and perfect.
I agreed w/him more often than not. But when I didn't agree with him I DID willingly listened to his opinion. He's always been thoughtful, levelheaded & civil in his views, sometimes even humorous. I've missed his voice these long months & will miss him after. #CharlesKrauthammer
— Maggie (@drillanwr) June 8, 2018
The absolute gravitas of how Krauthammer could dismantle an argument so effortlessly is something we haven’t seen in awhile and will probably never see again
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 8, 2018
In tragic moments it’s better to be thankful of the greatness of the gift we were given than focus on the impending loss.
I am thankful for Charles Krauthammer.https://t.co/sBKTXcrHJE
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن c137 (@SooperMexican) June 8, 2018
May you find peace, comfort, and joy with your family and friends.
May you calmly and painlessly fall into that last sleep.
God speed, sir.
Fox News' Chris Wallace tells Charles Krauthammer: "I want you to know I love you" pic.twitter.com/qIhpJG0GEl
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 8, 2018
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 8, 2018
I barely knew @krauthammer when. out of the blue one day, he called and asked if he could pick my brain about a legal issue. I thought, "Man, is this ever backwards." He proceeded to … let me pick his astonishing brain for an hour. A towering man. Prayers for him.
— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) June 8, 2018
I was one of the many young people who’ve worked as a research assistant for Charles Krauthammer over the yrs. He’s even more awe-inspiring close up—a profoundly humane man, courageous and kind, witty and thoughtful, principled and wise. A truly great soul. This is heartbreaking
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) June 8, 2018
This. Lots of famous people are disappointments when you meet them in real life. They turn out to be divas or more superficial than you thought. Charles is the opposite. His decency is staggering, his depth shocking. https://t.co/oZtLrFYTN9
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 8, 2018
The guardrails hold. The Trump presidency is a stress test of constitutional limits. The results, thus far, are good.https://t.co/wm79m2sZnO
— Charles Krauthammer (@krauthammer) August 4, 2017
There is a black-and-white photograph of us, two boys alone. He’s maybe 11, I’m 7. We’re sitting on a jetty, those jutting piles of rock that little beach towns throw down at half-mile intervals to hold back the sea. In the photo, nothing but sand, sea and sky, the pure elements of our summers together. We are both thin as rails, tanned to blackness and dressed in our summer finest: bathing suits and buzz cuts. Marcel’s left arm is draped around my neck with that effortless natural ease — and touch of protectiveness — that only older brothers know.
Whenever I look at that picture, I know what we were thinking at the moment it was taken: It will forever be thus. Ever brothers. Ever young. Ever summer.
My brother Marcel died on Tuesday, Jan. 17. It was winter. He was 59.