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Charles Krauthammer passes away at 68 years old

Charles Krauthammer passes away at 68 years old. Photo: Charles Krauthammer / Twitter via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Former Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer has passed away at the age of 68 years, the Washington Post reports.

Krauthammer was a conservative commentator who won a Pulitzer Prize and was syndicated to over 400 newspapers. He began writing for the Washington Post in 1985 and won his Pulitzer in 1987.

The commentator starred on Fox News' "Special Report" and "Inside Washington."

Despite Krauthammer's conservative beliefs, the commentator hasn't shied away from standing against the Republican Party. In 2016, he announced he wouldn't vote for President Trump. He was also in favor of legalized abortion, higher taxes to save the environment and against the death penalty, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Krauthammer criticized President Trump's response to violence in Charlottesville saying that the president's failure to strongly denounce white supremacists "was a moral disgrace," Fox News says.

The commentator began as a Democrat - and even served as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale - before eventually becoming a conservative. He was once called "the most conservative columnist" by New York Times columnist David Brooks.

He was best known for his views on foreign policy and created the phrase "The Reagan Doctrine" - which stood for the Reagan administration's defense against Communist regimes worldwide. He was also a firm supporter of Israel and supported invading Iraq, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post says the commentator's political beliefs were influenced by his time growing up in the post-Holocaust years with Jewish parents.

“It tempers your optimism and your idealism. And it gives you a vision of the world which I think is more restrained, conservative, if you like. You don’t expect that much out of human nature. And you are prepared for the worst,” he once told C-SPAN.

In June, he released a statement to the Washington Post revealing that he was dying and didn't have much longer to live.

"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," Krauthammer said. " I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny."

He continued saying, "I leave this life with no regrets. 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."

Krauthammer died after a bout with cancer. In August, he had a cancerous tumor removed from him.

This is a developing story.

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