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Jeff Bridges announced Monday night that he is battling a potentially life-threatening illness. He broke the news on Twitter with a reference to the iconic casual character with whom he has long been identified.
“As the guy would say..New S ** T has emerged,” the 70-year-old actor tweeted. “I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious illness, I feel lucky to have a large team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”
As the guy would say .. New S ** T has arrived.
I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious illness, I feel lucky to have a large team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
I start treatment and keep you updated on my healing.
– Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
Lymphoma is a form of cancer that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects “tissues and organs that produce, store and carry white blood cells that fight infections.”
Bridges’ tweet went on to say, “I’m starting treatment and will keep you updated on my healing.” He has not publicly announced whether it is Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – or at what time the cancer was diagnosed.
The Oscar-winning Crazy Heart actor has been a fixture in Hollywood since he first appeared with his father, Lloyd Bridges, in the TV series Sea Hunt in the 1950’s. Nominated seven times for an Oscar, he has starred in such films as True Grit, Starman, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and Last photo show. And he is indelibly identified with the infallible LA slacker, The Dude Lebowski in The great Lebowski.
He is now in production on the drama series The old man, where he plays and is an executive producer. The series debuts on FX and Hulu in 2021 and is produced by Touchstone Pictures and FX Productions. These organizations issued a statement:
“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time, and they have our love and support. We wish him a safe and full recovery. And as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this.’ Jeff, we’re all in this. “
The actor used this phrase in another tweet to draw attention to a topic he has been fighting for: “Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. And while I have you, remember to go vote. Because we are all together on this “Vote.org. Love, Jeff.”