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 Christopher Eric “Hitch” Hitchens

Christopher Eric “Hitch” Hitchens

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Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Death 15 Dec 2011 (aged 62)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Body donated to medical science
Memorial ID 82028325 · View Source
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Author, Journalist. Having studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford in his early years, he began his career writing for the New Statesman and the Daily Express where he focused his attention on criticism of the Vietnam War and the Roman Catholic Church. In 1981, he left England for the United States where his writing regularly appeared in Vanity Fair, Slate, The Atlantic and The Nation. It was during this period he firmly established himself as a polemicist whose subjects included American foreign policy, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa. In 2007, he published "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything". This book gained him a wider audience as he regularly appeared on televised interviews with a variety of religious leaders. It was following this publication that the author joined fellow atheists Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Daniel C. Dennett for a well-publicized discussion about anti-theism which earned the group the monicker "The Four Horsemen". In 2009, a series of public debates with evangelical pastor Douglas Wilson was released on DVD under the title "Collision". During his 2010 book tour to support the publication of his memoir, "Hitch-22", he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He wrote a number of pieces for Vanity Fair magazine in which he detailed his experiences as an unwilling citizen of a place he dubbed "Tumortown." The cause of his death was pneumonia, a malady arising as a complication of his cancer.

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  • Added: 16 Dec 2011
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher Eric “Hitch” Hitchens (13 Apr 1949–15 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82028325, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body donated to medical science.