Christopher Hitchins, the journalist and famously outspoken atheist, is dead at 62 of complications related to esophageal cancer.
Hitchens was born in England in 1949 but immigrated to the US in 1981, where he became a writer for The Nation magazine. He also contributed articles to Vanity Fair, the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. In September 2005 he was named one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.
Hitchens also published more than two dozen books. He made many appearance on TV and radio shows, and his positions often sparked controversy. He was well known particularly for his criticism of Mother Teresa and for his support for the Iraq war. He also described religion as the main source of hatred and tyranny in the world.
Hitchens was truly a unique and fearless figure, and we mourn his loss today.