Monday, June 11, 2018

Charles Krauthammer Faces the End

Last Friday, FOX News released a letter from Charles Krauthammer. I initially hoped that he was announcing his return to the panel on Bret Baier's Special Report.

Mr. Krauthammer never failed to impress me (or amuse me!), but his return is not meant to be. The following is a letter from him to his public, announcing not his return, but his imminent death:

A letter from Charles Krauthammer:
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.

Elegant and graceful to the end.

His was a life well-lived.  He excelled at most everything instead of pouting at the hard hand that life had dealt him.  Godspeed, good sir.  I shall miss you.

1 comment:

  1. Elegant is right. Hopefully we can all live so well.