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While in his first year studying medicine at Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer became permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a diving board accident that severed his spinal cord at cervical spinal nerve 5. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Krauthammer embarked on a career as a columnist and political commentator. In 1985, he began writing a weekly editorial for The Washington Post, which earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his “witty and insightful columns on national issues.
Krauthammer received acclaim for his writing on foreign policy, among other matters. In August 2017, due to his battle with cancer, Krauthammer stopped writing his column and serving as a Fox News contributor. Krauthammer died on June 21, 2018. Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950, in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Krauthammer was injured in a diving board accident during his first year of medical school.