Jeff Bridges shared heartbreaking news on Oct. 19: ‘The Big Lebowski’ star has been diagnosed with a cancer that affects the lymph system.
UPDATE (10/19/20, 10:07 PM ET): Touchstone Television and FXP (the studios producing Jeff Bridges‘ upcoming television series, The Old Man) in addition to FX on Hulu (which’ll stream the show) issued the following statement to HollywoodLife: “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 together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.”
ORIGINAL: Jeff Bridges, 70, has sadly been diagnosed with a type of cancer called lymphoma. The legendary actor used a line from his most iconic character “The Dude” in the 1998 film, The Big Lebowski, to gently break the news on Oct. 19. “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma,” Jeff tweeted on Monday evening.
Lymphoma is “a general term for cancers that start in the lymph system,” according to the CDC, which reports that there are two types of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (stars and well-known figures like Abby Lee Miller, Gene Wilder, Mr. T and Jackie Kennedy have battled various forms of lymphoma as well). Although Jeff didn’t provide too many details, he did write that this “is a serious disease.” However, there was some optimism in the shocking announcement.