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Sir John Hurt Announces Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

JohnHurtWarDoctorThe BBC is reporting 75-year-old Sir John Hurt, actor of stage and screen, has pancreatic cancer.

“I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement. I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer,” Hurt told the Press Association. “I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.”

But the actor, who fans recently saw in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and who is set fir 2016’s Tarzan, is still dedicated to his craft.

He also said in his statement, “I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording ‘Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell’ (one of life’s small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4.”

The staff (and I’m sure the readers) of The Mary Sue wish you well, Sir Hurt.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."