Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges gave fans some sad news on Monday.
In a message posted to Twitter, the 70-year-old Bridges revealed that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer.
“A serious disease”
Bridges began the announcement with reference to one of the movies for which he is most known, “The Big Lebowski.”
“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” Bridges wrote. He then revealed that he has been “diagnosed with Lymphoma.”
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” the actor continued. He added that he is “starting treatment,” and he promised to keep his followers “posted” on his “recovery.”
As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.
I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
According to WebMD, “Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. When you have lymphoma, lymphocytes change and grow out of control.”
The site says that there are two main types of lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin. Bridges did not specify the type that he has, nor did he specify the stage that the cancer is at. But, according to WebMD, “Lymphoma is very treatable.”
Bridges, following this revelation, received an outpouring of support from his followers. In a second message, he wrote, “I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”
Bridges concluded with a reminder to vote this election season. “Thank you for your prayers and well wishes,” he said. “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. Vote.org Love, Jeff.”
A long career
Bridges, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, has had a long career in Hollywood going all the way back to 1951, although it has to be admitted that this was less than two years after his birth, and the role was that of an infant for the film “The Company She Keeps.”
In 2010, Bridges won an Oscar for “Crazy Heart,” and he has been nominated for six others. His most recent appearance was in 2018’s “Bad Times at the El Royale.”