What We Know About Jeff Bridges' Cancer Diagnosis

Jeffrey Leon Bridges, professionally known as Jeff Bridges, is a part of what we would call "Old Hollywood." With a career that started as early as the '50s, Bridges has been (and continues to be) a leader in cinema, music, photography, and even environmentalism. 

"I started to think about what's this future that's so beautiful look like if we can turn it all around," Bridges said in a July 2020 interview with Rolling Stone. "What would that be like in 100 years? And the image that came was a bunch of folks that love each other, take care of each other, and cared about the planet. And then it popped into my mind, 'Well I don't have to wait for that. I can love right now.' I don't know about hope, but that seems like the best idea."

His cool, calm, and collected persona cemented his place as an icon that spans the generations. That's why it pained many fans and peers when the Hollywood heavyweight announced his cancer diagnosis on Oct. 19, 2020. Keep scrolling for the full details. 

Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma

On Oct. 19, 2020, Jeff Bridges tweeted, "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." Bridges also took the opportunity to thank those who've supported him and encourage fans and followers to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

"I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends," he added. "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. Vote.org Love, Jeff." 

The post gained over 17,000 likes and was flooded with comments of encouragement and positive words. British actor Cary Elwes spoke for everyone when he tweeted, "We love you, Jeff. We send you all good thoughts, meditations and prayers for a speedy recovery." As of writing, Bridges has not provided details about his diagnosis or treatment options, but we're sending the "Dude" nothing but positive vibes as he battles this awful disease.