Jeff Bridges, the Oscar award-winning actor beloved his iconic role as the weed-loving bowler The Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
“As the Dude would say,” Bridges tweeted, “New S**T has come to light.”
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” he added.
The 70-year-old thespian was scarce on the details of the diagnosis, but he said that his treatment had started and he would keep fans updated on his status.
Bridges said that he was grateful for the love and support of his family and friends during the ordeal.
“Thank you for your prayers and well wishes,” he added while urging people to vote, noting “we are all in this together.”
The tweet, which has been “liked” nearly half a million times, quickly led to an outpouring of fan support.
“My dad had large cell lymphoma and beat it dude,” one fan wrote. “You can too.”
Another user wrote, “If anyone can abide this with grace, we know it’s you dude.”
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which helps the body fight germs, according to the Mayo Clinic. While many types of lymphoma exist, treatment can include chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplants, or a combination of these treatments.
The disease begins when disease-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes develop genetic mutations, causing the cell to rapidly multiply and spreading diseased lymphocytes through the body when other normal cells would die. This results in a swelling of lymph nodes, the spleen, and the liver.
Men over the age of 55 are more prone to developing lymphoma than females are, the clinic said.
Bridges is a veteran of the silver screen who comes from a family of actors, including his father Lloyd Bridges, who died in 1998, and his brother, Beau.
Bridges began his acting career in the late 1950s and has since appeared in over 90 projects. Throughout his career, Bridges has garnered seven Academy Award nominations. In 2010, he finally won the Oscar for best performance by an actor in the leading role of “Crazy Heart,” where he was hailed for his captivating performance as an embittered country music singer battling alcohol addiction.
However, Bridges is most famous for his role as The Dude – a burned-out aging hipster and lover of bowling who drinks White Russians while on an adventure across Los Angeles – in the Coen brothers film, “The Big Lebowski.”
The 1998 film, which also stars John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and John Goodman, has since become a major cult classic alongside “Animal House,” “Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke.” The stoner comedy has even spawned its own religion known as Dudeism, which claims to be “An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there.”
Bridges’ other celebrated films include “Starman,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “The Fisher King,” and the first “Iron Man” film.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.