Portsmouth-born author dies after losing battle with cancer

OUTSPOKEN Christopher Hitchens
OUTSPOKEN Christopher Hitchens
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OUTSPOKEN writer 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, on Thursday 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.