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Megyn Kelly calls Charles Krauthammer ‘a national treasure’ in moving tribute
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Megyn Kelly may have moved on into a new role at NBC, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots at Fox.
Kelly left a moving message on Twitter on Friday for her former colleague and conservative luminary Charles Krauthammer, who revealed that day that he only has weeks left to live because of an aggressive cancer.
There is no greater thought leader in this country than Charles Krauthammer. He has inspired me, made me laugh, made me think, and made me a better person. He is, quite simply, a national treasure. There’s Krauthammer, and there’s all the rest. All my love to you & yours, Charles
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 8, 2018
“A monumental thinker”
Kelly posted her tribute to Krauthammer on Twitter shortly after the ailing Fox contributor revealed his heartbreaking news, and numerous other media figures across the political spectrum reacted similarly.
“Charles Krauthammer is a monumental thinker who will go down in history as a key force in the revivification of philosophical and practical conservatism,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote. “This is absolutely tragic.”
Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch also lauded Krauthammer for being a “profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News,” writing:
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. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.
“My fight is over”
“My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live,” Krauthammer, who is 86, wrote. “This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”
Krauthammer was also a long-time commentator for Fox, appearing often alongside Brett Baier on Special Report. He was forced to stop writing and commentating in August 2017, however, when he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his abdomen that left behind complications.
But Krauthammer thought as recently as a month ago that he would recover. Baier, who occasionally gave updates on his colleague’s condition, shared an optimistic message from Krauthammer last month, reading: “The worst now appears to be behind me.”
“A wonderful life”
But that good news preceded a tragic turn of events when tests revealed that his cancer had unexpectedly returned in an aggressive form.
“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” Krauthammer wrote in his Friday letter. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly.”
In the heartbreaking farewell, Krauthammer expressed gratitude for his life. While sad to leave, he said “[he] leave[s] this life with no regrets,” adding:
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.
A diving accident during his freshman year at Harvard Medical School left Krauthammer permanently paralyzed below the neck when he was just 22. He went on to become a psychiatrist and, eventually, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.
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