Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain surgery
Watergate figure Chuck Colson is showing "some early signs of potential for recovery," according to his publicist.
April 4th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain surgery

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - Chuck Colson, the convicted Watergate figure turned evangelist, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery over the weekend following a brain hemorrhage, according to his publicist.

“Colson is listed in critical condition at this point but has shown some early signs of potential for recovery,” said a statement Tuesday from the DeMoss Group. A spokeswoman for the PR firm said Wednesday morning that she had no update on Colson's condition.

Colson, 80, fell ill while speaking Friday at a conference outside Washington and “underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain,” the statement said.

Colson was special counsel to President Richard Nixon and the first member of the Nixon administration to serve prison time for charges stemming from the 1972 Watergate scandal.

“He admits he was guilty of political ‘dirty tricks’’ and willing to do almost anything for the cause of his president and his party,” according to Colson’s official biography.

In 1974, Colson served seven months of a one- to three-year sentence. Not long after his release, he founded Prison Fellowship, which calls itself “the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Leaders • Politics

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Kip Falcone

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    Have a good one

    June 10, 2013 at 1:31 am |
  2. Carmelina Northcut

    Brain hemorrhage is quite dangerous, it should be treated the soonest possible. –

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    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 am |
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  4. Betty Boop

    What is wrong with you people?

    April 19, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  5. Donna Oliphint

    Shame on you, CNN. The bulk of this article is about Watergate instead of the headline. There is absolutely NO forgiveness with you for anyone who is a Republican.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  6. Diane


    Those that name of Christ – stop saying gay people will go to hell. That is just wrong. It isn't true. Jesus accepts people just as they are. No where did he tell people to change before following Him. He just says "Follow me". My Jesus loves everyone. When you say terrible statements like that you are alienating people from a loving God who sent his son Jesus to die and pay the price for EVERYONE. Gay people – do not defend yourselves against those that believe otherwise. They are wrong and not representing the God of the Bible. I love you and so does Jesus.

    April 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Karen

      Paul, writing to the church in Corinth, talks about two kinds of sorrow. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death" (2 Corinthians 7:10

      April 19, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  7. Scott

    You should be ashamed to refer to a man who has served his country in both the military and White House as a "convicted Watergate" For over 38 years he has made a difference in the lives of prisoners and their families and you can't resist calling him a convict when he is fighting for his life from brain surgery. You are disgusting and call yourself a journalist.

    April 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  8. Republican

    Colson is nothing like Cheney. Colson at least tried to make something of his life. Cheney is nothing but a piece of garbage and I'm a republican. He still makes me sick. I know Cheney got the heart transplant due to Medicare or a political connection. Cheney is a piece of sh– and an embarrassment to us true republicans and tea party folks. Please forgive me for selecting him as my VP. George Bush

    April 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Anne S

      You have to be a troll.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
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