On Thursday, June 21, The Washington Post reported that longtime Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer passed away at the age of 68. Earlier this month, Krauthammer penned a farewell note to readers revealing his terminal illness, writing, “I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny. I leave this life with no regrets.”
Post publisher Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. said in a statement, “Charles Krauthammer brought rigorous intellectual analysis and common sense-thinking to every column he wrote. He will be deeply missed by all of us at The Washington Post and by the many loyal readers who looked to his column to help inform their thinking and better their understanding of the important issues of our time.”
Post Executive Editor Marty Baron tweeted, “A huge loss to vigorous and civil debate on public policy.”
The Post’s Editorial Board honored him in a piece Fridays without Charles and Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said at the time, “This is a hugely sad day for me, and I know in that I’m no different than so many Post readers. For decades Charles has written a column of unparalleled principle and integrity, not to mention humor and intellectual virtuosity. There will be no replacing him.”
In remembrance, The Post will publish a full page in tomorrow’s paper dedicated to him, featuring selections from some of his most distinctive columns and an op-ed from fellow Post columnist, George F. Will.
Post colleagues and friends Donald E. Graham, Colbert I. King, Hiatt and Will pay tribute to him, in a video.
Readers are also encouraged to read a sampling of his best columns and share a memory of one of their favorites.