A stunning revelation from pundit Charles Krauthammer, who's been off the commentating beat for months now: "This is the final verdict. My fight is over." A note to readers penned by Krauthammer appeared Friday in the Washington Post, and the news wasn't good. He informed readers that cancer he had surgery for last summer had returned, and so aggressively that there wasn't even any sign of it a month ago. It's "spreading rapidly," he notes, adding, "My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live." Krauthammer, a frequent Fox News commentator, says he'd been under the radar for nearly a year because even though his operation last August was believed successful, he'd been dealing with medical complications that cropped up afterward.
He offers thanks to a litany of people: doctors and others who took care of him, friends and colleagues, those who watched him on TV and read his writings. "I leave this life with no regrets," he writes. "It was a wonderful life—full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living." Per Variety, Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch responded to the news with a statement, calling Krauthammer "a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration." "His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world … and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer." Krauthammer's note is here.