(CBS/AP) Christopher Hitchens, a Washington, D.C.-based author, essayist and polemicist, died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Vanity Fair magazine. He was 62.Pictures: Christopher Hitchens
Though the author had been dealing with cancer, he did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. He wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair.
"I love the imagery of struggle," he wrote. "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."
In addition to contributing to Vanity Fair, he also wrote for other publications, including Slate magazine. Hitchens wrote numerous books, but became a popular author in 2007 thanks to "God is Not Great," a manifesto for atheists.
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