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The Oscar-winning actor, now 70, who rose to fame in the film industry in the early 1970s, is best known for his role in the film ‘The Big Lebowski’ in which he plays the character of ‘the Dude’, a stoner bowler.
Iconic US actor, singer and producer Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma, the superstar tweeted on Monday, adding that he had already begun treatment for the “serious” disease.
“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,” Bridges tweeted on Monday night. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
The Oscar-winning actor thanked his family, friends, and fans for “the love and support” they have shown to him following his announcement of the illness, calling on Americans to get out and vote, as the country’s general election is set to take place on 3 November.
“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends,” Bridges wrote in a follow-up tweet. “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.”
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. https://t.co/6sAU4MYixl
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
The actor did not provide further details about his diagnosis.
Many fellow actors and celebrities have tweeted their support for the famously laid-back screen veteran, who started his film career at the age of almost two years in The Company She Keeps in 1951.
“Sending you and your family love and healing,” wrote actress Patricia Arquette.
Sending you and your family love and healing.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 20, 2020
We’ll be here reflectin all the light you’ve shown us back onto ya, sir. Godspeed to a full recovery. ❤️
— Jimmi Simpson (@jimmisimpson) October 20, 2020
You’re a fighter. You can beat this.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 20, 2020
I’m sure one of the only things we could ALL agree on as a planet is that we ALL wish you well Jeff Bridges. sending you positive vibes man.
— Sean Maguire (@sean_m_maguire) October 20, 2020
Oh my. Man. My prayers are with you my friend. Sending love and a big hug. xo
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 20, 2020