Fox News personality Charles Krauthammer says he has weeks to live

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Fox News Channel personality and former psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer said in a letter on Friday that his battle with cancer is drawing to a close and that he has weeks left to live.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” begins the letter. “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.”

Krauthammer has been off the air at Fox for a year while battling a tumor in his abdomen. The Harvard Medical School graduate had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen in August 2017. Complications from the procedure had kept him in the hospital, but until recently, he had believed he was on his way to recovery.

“However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” Krauthammer wrote in his letter. “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.”

Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the news, saying that Krauthammer's contributions to Fox News have been great.

"Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News," Murdoch said. "His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer."

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