Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died


A commentator on the Fox News Channel who was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post has died.

The Pulitzer Prize victor revealed earlier this month that he was in the final stages of cancer. He had been recovering but then the cancer came back, leading him to announce earlier this month that he did not have long to live. "This is the final verdict", he wrote. "My fight is over".

His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part "I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months".

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Krauthammer was a Harvard trained psychologist and won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns for the Washington Post in 1987.

Krauthammer had his fair share of setbacks - he was paralyzed in a diving incident decades ago.

The longtime Fox News contributor gave the harrowing announcement that his cancer had returned despite undergoing surgery last August.

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Jacob Heilbrunn, author of "They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons" and editor of the National Interest, said in an interview that Krauthammer "crystallized conservative thought and exerted influence by setting the terms of public debate at key moments in the nation's political life".

In closing, Krauthammer said, "I leave this life with no regrets".

In 1978, Krauthammer moved to Washington to work in psychiatric research for the administration of Jimmy Carter, who he later would call a failed president, and drifted away from psychiatry. "I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life I intended".

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