Robert Novak, the conservative syndicated Chicago Sun-Times columnist announced today that “he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor but says that, “God willing,” he plans to be back at work soon.” Sad news...
Novak said he was diagnosed Sunday with a tumor and will soon begin treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
He issued the following statement:
“On Sunday, July 27, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I have been admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where doctors will soon begin appropriate treatment. “I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period.”
The Chicago Sun Times reports that according to Novak’s assistant Kathlenn Connolly, “Novak is alert and talking — he wrote the statement announcing his illness — but in intensive care, where the hospital does not allow phone calls or flowers.”
“He’s talking,” Connolly said. “He seemed fine.”
The diagnosis was sudden. Novak became ill Sunday during a family outing near Cape Cod, Mass. A family member called 911, and he was brought by ambulance to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where the diagnosis was made.
It’s too early to know whether the tumor is malignant or benign, his assistant said.
“They haven’t even done the biopsy yet,” Connolly said.
That’s to be done later today, she said.
Novak and his wife had gone to Massachusetts to visit his daughter at the shore.
“They flew up Saturday to spend a few days with his daughter and her family,” Connolly said.
The man he struck suffered minor injuries, according to the Associated Press. Novak was issued a $50 citation.
Asked whether the accident might have been linked to the columnist’s medical condition, Novak’s reporter, Charlie Spiering, said today, “It’s really too early to tell.”
Politics aside (and they should be at a time like this), I will take the high road as Josh Marshall has and reiterate what Josh said, “We wish him the very best.”