Judge Frank Caprio, who became famous worldwide for his time on the bench on the television show Caught in Providence, announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Caprio, who just turned 87 years old on November 24, said in a video posted to his Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He called it “an insidious form of cancer” but said he is “being treated by a wonderful team of doctors” both in Rhode Island and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“I know this is a long road, and I’m fully prepared to fight as hard as I can,” Caprio said.

He pointed out that for his recent birthday, he received well wishes from Caught in Providence fans all over the world, which shows just how much his empathy on the bench has positively influenced people.

The judge asked for everyone to pray for him, even “just a small prayer.”

“I am in need of the power of prayer, which I believe in addition to the medical treatment that I’m receiving is the most powerful weapon to help me survive this,” he said. “Just knowing you are keeping me in your thoughts means the world to me.”

Caught in Providence aired on WLNE for many years and eventually moved into national syndication. Clips from the program, which showcased Judge Caprio’s compassionate approach to the law, went viral and turned the judge into a social media star.

Earlier this year, he retired after nearly 40 years on the bench.

You can send your well wishes and positive thoughts to Judge Caprio via his Facebook page or the Caught in Providence Facebook page. You can also view past episodes on Facebook as well.

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