Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges has revealed that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. However, he has caveated that by saying that his “prognosis is good”.
“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,” he shared to social media. “I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. http://Vote.org Love, Jeff,” Bridges added.
Bridges, an immensely popular figure within the industry, has earned a remarkable seven Academy Award nominations throughout his career for his roles in Starman, True Grit, The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Contender and Hell In Highwater — then in 2010, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an alcoholic singer in Crazy Heart.
However, despite his success, music has always been Bridges’ true passion: “I try not to act because I have so many other things I like to do,” he told the BBC in 2016. “Like playing the guitar. Once you commit you are busy so I really try not to engage.”
Perhaps, Bridges most iconic role as an actor came as The Dude in The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers which remains a role that he is synonymous with. The 70-year-old channelled the slacker character in his tweet announcing his diagnosis, writing, “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. “
See the statement, below.