Many of us know Charles Krauthammer as a Fox News contributor, who possesses a wry wit and intellectually probing mind. He’s also a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist. But to many, his shining moment came with the publication of his memoir, “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics.”
In that bio intertwined with a collection of essays we learned about the youthful Democrat, turned mature Republican, born in New York and raised in Montreal, in a French speaking family. While in his first year studying at Harvard Medical School, he was permanently paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident that severed his spinal cord, He resolutely continued his studies while hospitalized for over a year, ultimately graduating as a psychiatrist.
The book, which sold more than a million copies, was on The New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller list for 38 weeks, placing at Number 1 on the list for four weeks in January 2014.
If we weren’t fans watching him on Fox, particularly interacting with Bret Baier on “Special Report,” the book sealed the deal. It was difficult not to notice his absence from the news panels. Yesterday we found out more than we wanted to hear about his whereabouts. Krauthammer has been seriously ill, and in fact, is dying of a now rapidly spreading malignancy, that was regarded as successfully removed and treated until recently.
In his classic style, he sent this letter out to his colleagues; friends and viewers, stating that his doctors have given him only a few weeks left to live. ”This is the final verdict,” he says. “My fight is over.”
Bret Baier honors Dr. Charles Krauthammer, his friend and associate, here,
He’s already missed.