At the age of 74, NBC News legend Tom Brokaw revealed he’s battling cancer.
The newsman who has been with NBC since 1966 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August at the Mayo Clinic.
He released this statement:
“With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come. I remain the luckiest guy I know. I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.”
The journalism and celebrity world is rallying around the news icon — here is a sample of their tweets:
“Get well soon” — Jake Tapper
“Prayers to Tom Brokaw for fast and complete recover and health – He is an American icon” — Jerry Springer
is one tough cowboy, no doubt he’ll give this a helluva fight.” — Luke Russert
We join them in sending our good thoughts.