Vanity Fair essayist Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

December 16th, 2011

By CNN Wire Staff
Dec 16, 2011

British-American author and essayist Christopher Hitchens died Thursday from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 62.

Hitchens was known for his wry monthly columns for Vanity Fair magazine.

“There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1949 and graduated from Oxford University in 1970.

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