Portsmouth-born author dies

JPNS-16-12-11-099 CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS''Christopher Hitchens who died on the 15th December 2011.''On 15 December 2011, Christopher Hitchens died in the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. His cause of death was pneumonia resulting from complications of his cancer''Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 - 15 December 2011) was an Anglo-American author and journalist[8] whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He had been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.

JPNS-16-12-11-099 CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS''Christopher Hitchens who died on the 15th December 2011.''On 15 December 2011, Christopher Hitchens died in the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. His cause of death was pneumonia resulting from complications of his cancer''Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 - 15 December 2011) was an Anglo-American author and journalist[8] whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He had been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.

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OUTSPOKEN atheist Christopher Hitchens, who was born in Portsmouth, has died after losing his battle with cancer.

The English-American author and journalist was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year and had been undergoing chemotherapy.

But he died aged 62 at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, last night.

He had been a columnist and literary critic for American titles including The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs and The Nation.

He was a passionate atheist and wrote the book God Is Not Great in 2007.

His memoir Hitch-22 was published last year.

Mr Hitchens, who is survived by his wife and three children, was the son of a naval officer.

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