Conservative columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer died Thursday, just weeks after he revealed that he had an aggressive form of cancer. He was 68.
Krauthammer wrote a syndicated weekly column for The Washington Post, which garnered him a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and earlier this month he announced in a letter published in the Post that doctors told him his cancer had returned and he only had a few weeks left to live. "This is the final verdict," he wrote. "My fight is over." Krauthammer regularly appeared on Fox News, and over his career he wrote for outlets across the political spectrum, including Time, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard.
Krauthammer was born in New York in 1950, and grew up in Montreal. During his first year studying at Harvard Medical School, he had a diving accident that severed his spinal cord. He is survived by his wife, Robyn, and son, Daniel.