Dec 15, 2011

News Alert: Christopher Hitchens, Prolific Columnist, Is Dead at 62

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Friday, December 16, 2011 -- 12:48 AM EST
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Christopher Hitchens, Prolific Columnist, Is Dead at 62

Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa, wrote a best-seller attacking religious belief, and dismayed his former comrades on the left by enthusiastically supporting the American-led war in Iraq, died Thursday at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was 62.

The cause was pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, said the magazine Vanity Fair, which announced the death. In recent days Mr. Hitchens had stopped treatment and entered hospice care at the Houston hospital. He learned he had cancer while on a publicity tour in 2010 for his memoir, "Hitch-22," and began writing and, on television, speaking about his illness frequently.

"In whatever kind of a 'race' life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist," Mr. Hitchens wrote in Vanity Fair, for which he was a contributing editor.

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