Charles Krauthammer Says He Has Just Weeks to Live Due to Return of Cancer


Apr 2010
Pittsburgh, PA
Charles Krauthammer revealed in a letter on Friday that he is suffering from terminal cancer and has just a few weeks to live.
Sandra Smith read the heartbreaking letter from the Pulitzer Prize winner on "Outnumbered." Krauthammer explained that he suffered a "cascade of secondary complications" after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen last August.
Krauthammer said in a recent message recent message to concerned viewers that he was "finally getting back on track" in his recovery, but more recent tests revealed that the cancer had returned.
The full letter read:

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.
Charles Krauthammer Says He Has Just Weeks to Live Due to Return of Cancer | Fox News Insider
This is terrible news. What a great thinker.
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Jan 2016
Smart dude. Always able to make and argue a cohesive point. I used to read his columns every day I could.
I always read his columns too. Maybe only agreed with him about half the time, but you could always rely on him to at least make you think, and make you work to come up with cogent counter-arguments.
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Jul 2015
Smart dude. Always able to make and argue a cohesive point. I used to read his columns every day I could.
Very smart, but I remember he always had such a dark or negative kind of persona. I first started watching him on PBS. He went to FOX and then to the dark side. He sold his soul.


Former Staff
Dec 2010
I'm just sad. I didn't read his anything, but I'd see him on the talking head shows, and he was very impressive. My heart goes out to Mr. Krauthammer and his family.
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