Vanity Fair reported late Thursday night that Christopher Hitchens -- respected journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair -- died of pneumonia at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, after battling esophageal cancer since 2010. He was only 62 years old.
Known to his colleagues as "Hitch," the writer reported on national and international affairs all over the world, relishing in intense political, cultural, and intellectual debates. But Hitchens was mostly known for his outspoken criticisms and opinions, particularly against Mother Teresa and former President Bill Clinton. Additionally, he wrote several books, including his 2010 memoir, Hitch-22 and 2007's God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, which became a bestseller.
In his final essay for Vanity Fair, dated January 2012, Hitchens reflected on his battle with cancer, writing, "So far, I have decided to take whatever my disease can throw at me, and to stay combative even while taking the measure of my inevitable decline." And that vivacious spirit and daring personality is what his former colleagues will always remember best about him. Vanity Fair's editor, Graydon Carter, wrote in a tribute to Hitchen, saying, "Christopher Hitchens was a wit, a charmer, and a troublemaker, and to those who knew him well, he was a gift from, dare I say it, God." RIP Hitchens -- your many contributions will never be forgotten!