Fox News pundit and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer has earned a lifetime of accolades for his work in various different fields.
First, he was an award-winning psychiatrist who made important breakthroughs in the medical science. Then he was an important speechwriter and policy creator with the Carter administration. Finally, he became one of the nation’s most important conservative thinkers, changing the way Republicans think and helping our Party craft policies to build a better world around us.
His life has also been marked by overcoming adversity. When he was a young man attending Medical School, Krauthammer was in a tragic accident that made him a quadriplegic. Most people would have given up their dreams at that point, but not Krauthammer, he went on to graduate from medical school before becoming one of the foremost thinkers in his field. Throughout the rest of his life he made a regular practice of excelling despite his disability, never using his difficulties as a crutch, but always rising above his circumstances.
Sadly, this past week, we learned that Krauthammer’s fight would soon be over. The brilliant conservative published a letter on Friday, announcing that he had only weeks to live, but thanking everyone for being a part of the wonderful time he’s had here on earth.
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.
Former Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Fay Vincent, was heartbroken to hear the news but he penned a wonderful essay praising Krauthammer at the Wall Street Journal.
Charles Krauthammer is one of my heroes. For years my wife and I watched Fox News’s “Special Report With Bret Baier, ” where Charles softly delivered his insights on politics with impressive and often sardonic wit and intelligence. We grew to rely on his electronic companionship and his political navigational skills. He knew where true north pointed; and although he could bite, he seldom barked.
Now he has announced he has a few weeks to live. Our pain is sharp.
Charles is a serious baseball fan. His final declaration that “my fight is over” recalled for me the moving exit speech by Lou Gehrig, who—on July 4, 1939, dying of his eponymous disease—called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” It is important to play the game well, but it is also important how one leaves the arena…
In his famous prayer, Cardinal John Henry Newman asked God to grant him each night “a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.” It is that “peace at the last” we wish for our friend Charles Krauthammer. We saw him fight so well, and now he tells us his fight is over. May peace come to this fine man, who led his life in such a noble manner, and set such a shining example.
Others also voiced praise for the intellectual who helped educate the masses on what happens behind the political curtains.
Blessed to have known Charles Krauthammer. He is a brilliant, kind, elegant, funny and perhaps above all, wise, man. An intellectual giant whose voice will be missed beyond measure.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) June 8, 2018
I have no words. Charles @krauthammer who has never been one for a loss of words has left us all speechless. A brilliant man, colleague and courageous fighter, Charles is an inspiration. He teaches us all to do better at life. https://t.co/7WIOjIOD7y
— Julie Banderas (@JulieBanderas) June 9, 2018
Charles Krauthammer. I often disagreed with him. I never missed reading him. One of the best in our profession. Shalom, Shalom. Tom
— Thomas L. Friedman (@tomfriedman) June 9, 2018
I love Dr. @krauthammer – truly one of finest, most brilliant people I will ever know. He made me belly laugh and taught me a lot about baseball. We shared many black whites from @shakeshack while watching our beloved @Nationals We are heartbroken and praying w/o ceasing.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) June 8, 2018
.@Krauthammer and I disagreed on almost everything political. But I so admired his clarity, his forceful logic, his courage, his adherence to principle and his always civil manner. I will miss his writing and his friendship.
— Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) June 9, 2018
The news that Charles Krauthammer’s condition is terminal is heartbreaking. Beyond the brilliance of his analysis and the paralysis he so remarkably overcame, there is his extraordinary personal grace and kindness. I have missed him very much. I always will
— Brit Hume (@brithume) June 8, 2018
A lot will be said about Charles Krauthammer. I’d add just one thing. pic.twitter.com/emaooPEigG
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 9, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, and I hope that his final days are comfortable and filled with the moments of love and reminiscing.
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