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Christopher Hitchens

Born: 1949-04-13 - Died: 2011-12-15
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia, a complication from esophageal cancer


Death Summary: Shorty after he published his memoir, Hitch-22, Hitchens had to cut his book tour short so he could begin treatment for newly diagnosed esophageal cancer.

Hitchens died on December 15, 2011 from pneumonia, a complication of his cancer, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Who was Christopher Hitchens : Hitchens was an author, essayist, and journalist for over forty years. He had columns in Free Inquiry, The Nation, World Affairs, Vanity Fair, and the Atlantic. He was a staple of the lecture and talk show circuits, and was voted the fifth top public intellectual ini a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.

He was known for his admiration for Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell and his critiques of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and even Mother Teresa.
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8 Signatures in Christopher Hitchens's guestbook

  1. andrewt Says:

    thiz man was a fabulous writer andhe will be sadly missed.

  2. Matt Vanderburgh Says:

    His passing is a great loss to the world. Who can replace such a tireless warrior for truth and peace?

  3. Amber Graves Says:

    He was a great man and will be missed.

  4. Dorothy Bock Says:

    It is fitting that Hitchens circles the skies as an asteroid. May he be there forever.

  5. Lopez Says:

    To a great man in a small minority of those who are able to see things for what they are and not for how they are told.

  6. Tori Says:

    Despite how others may view us, we are all children of God and in need of His love and forgiveness. May those grieving take comfort in God’s promise to do away with sickness and death (Revelation 21:3,4). Very soon, all of our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death will be resurrected with a perfect human body. What a joyful time that will be!

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