High-profile columnist Charles Krauthammer dies of cancer at 68

The longtime Fox News contributor gave the harrowing announcement that his cancer had returned despite undergoing surgery last August when he had a cancerous tumor in his abdomen removed

High-profile columnist Charles Krauthammer dies of cancer at 68

He was also a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a best-selling author. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his commentary in the Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live. This is the final verdict.

Krauthammer wrote that he had been recovering from surgery previous year to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen, and while he has been "gradually making my way back to health", recent tests showed that cancer has returned and was spreading rapidly.

In a note to readers on June 8, he wrote that his fight is over and he thanked his family, doctors, and colleagues and expressed satisfaction in what his life had been. He later became a panelist on PBS' "Inside Washington" and eventually joined Fox News as a political analyst. "It was a wonderful life - full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living", Krauthammer wrote. "I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended". A Washington Post reporter tweeted a photo of the in memoriam, which showed Krauthammer's photo displayed above the outfield.

In a statement, McConnell said he'll miss Krauthammer's friendship, and "our long conversations which ranged from policy to history to the state of our Washington Nationals".

"We knew it was coming", Baier said, adding that he has been in touch with Krauthammer's wife Robyn and son Daniel.

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