“I leave this life with no regrets,” Charles Krauthammer, longtime Fox News contributor and recipient of the 2013 Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Award, said Friday in a letter addressing his lost battle with cancer.
Krauthammer revealed that his doctors have given him only “a few weeks left to live.” Krauthammer’s recent surgery to remove a cancerous abdominal tumor was followed by a “cascade of secondary complications,” he said.
The surgery was, initially, thought to be successful and, in spite of subsequent blows to his health, Krauthammer said he had been slowly “overcoming each obstacle along the way” on his journey to a full recovery. Nonetheless, his battle with cancer was lost.
In his letter issued by Fox News, Krauthammer said that doctors have told him he has mere weeks left:
“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.”
Krauthammer has spent the last 10 months in the hospital, which pulled him out of his life as a prized political analyst.
In his letter, Krauthammer expressed gratitude for a life well-lived and his contributions to journalism:
“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.”
In 2013, when he received MRC’s William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, Krauthammer humorously encouraged America’s youth to embrace a spirit of optimism in the face of adversity:
“Allow me to thank you for this evening, for this award, and I want to say, especially to the young people here, keep your spirits up as we careen our way to Hell in a handbasket.
“Enjoy the ride, and just remember, it's always darkest before dawn, and then it gets darker still [audience laughter] but do not lose your youthful optimism. Let me remind you of the words of my favorite pundit, Otto von Bismarck [audience laughter], not known for the punditry, who once said "God looks after idiots, children, drunkards, and the United States of America." [audience laughter]
“That was 1890. Let's hope he still does. Thank you all very much.”
Read Charles Krauthammer’s full letter.