Legendary British born author Christopher Hitchens is dead at the age of 62 from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he had , at a hospital in Texas. 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. He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010, and documented his declining health in his Vanity Fair column.
When Hitchens published his 2007 book God Is Not Great, he became an overnight celebrity in his adopted home of the United States. Christopher was more than happy to play the role of the country’s best known atheist. Hitchens also wrote for numerous publications including The Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard, Newsday and The Atlantic. He was the author of 17 books, including The Trial of Henry Kissinger, How Religion Poisons Everything and a memoir, Hitch-22.