Pope of Atheisim Christopher Hitchens dies after battle with cancer

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    British author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died, aged 62, according to Vanity Fair magazine.
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    He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he was suffering from, at a Texas hospital.

    Vanity Fair said there would "never be another like Christopher".

    He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia.

    Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described the writer as someone "of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar".

    "Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."

    Mr Hitchens was born in Portsmouth in 1949 and graduated from Oxford in 1970.

    He began his career as a journalist in Britain in the 1970s and later moved to New York, becoming contributing editor to Vanity Fair in November 1992.

    'Cynical contrarian'

    He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010, and documented his declining health in his Vanity Fair column.

    In an August 2010 essay for the magazine he wrote: "I love the imagery of struggle.

    "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."

    Speaking on the BBC's Newsnight programme, in November that year, he reflected on a life that he knew would be cut short: "It does concentrate the mind, of course, to realise that your life is more rationed than you thought it was."

    "Prospect of death makes me sober, objective."

    Radicalised by the 1960s, Hitchens was often arrested at political rallies and was kicked out of the Labour Party over his opposition to the Vietnam War.

    He became a correspondent for International Socialism magazine.

    In later life he moved away from the left. Following the September 11 attacks he argued with Noam Chomsky and others who suggested that US foreign policy had helped cause the tragedy.

    He supported the Iraq War and backed George W Bush for re-election in 2004.

    It led to him being accused of betrayal: one former friend called him "a lying, opportunistic, cynical contrarian", another "a drink-sodden ex-Trotskyist popinjay".

    But he could dish out scathing critiques himself. Bill Clinton he called "a cynical, self-seeking ambitious thug", Henry Kissinger a war criminal and Mother Teresa a fraudulent fanatic.

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    In my words he was a great Atheist and just generally an all-round great person.

    I really had a feeling like a couple of days ago that this was going to happen.

    RIP
     
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    He is in a better place now,

    the ground.

    He'd better hope he was right.
     
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    is this sarcasm?
     
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    No. It's all in your filthy, filthy imagination. :picard:
     
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    Good night sweet prince .
     
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    He deserved the death he got. Not because of his views on religion, but because of his views on something else.
     
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    Your mom?
     
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    There ain't no good view of my mum, bro. In any case comments directed towards one's mother don't warrant death by cancer, methinks. You obviously disagree.
     
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    Nope. I just wonder what you think warranted death by cancer.
     
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    Clearly I don't take death by cancer lightly so whatever he did, he probably deserved it.
     
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    Was it because he was a commie/Conservative flip flopper?
     
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    Are there any internet memorials we can "visit &quot?"
     
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    LOL, no. Ideology is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
     
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    What warrants death by cancer ?
     
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    He died from a Can Sir!
    the same one that is killing Bee!
     
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    So you don't know what that "something else" is.
     
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    Of course I do. Don't worry, though. I'm sure it has nothing to do with whatever reasons you liked/disliked him.