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Escritor e crítico Christopher Hitchens morre aos 62 anos: diferenças entre revisões

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{{date|December 16, 2011}}
[[File:Christopher Hitchens.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Christopher Hitchens speaking in 2007 at The Amazing Meeting 5 (TAM5) conference in Las Vegas. {{image|ensceptico}}]]
{{w|UK|British}}-born author, journalist and political commentator {{w|Christopher Hitchens}} has died yesterday aged 62 on at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in {{w|Houston}}, {{w|Texas}}, following a diagnosis of esophageal cancer in June 2010.
Hitchens was born in 1949 in {{w|Portsmouth}}. After graduating from Oxford with a third-class degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 1970, Hitchens wrote for the {{w|Times Higher Educational Supplement}} briefly, before moving on to the {{w|New Statesman}} where he met the novelist {{w|Martin Amis}}. After moving to the United States in 1981, he started writing for U.S.-based publications like {{w|Vanity Fair}}, {{w|The Atlantic}} and {{w|Slate}}.
In his memoirs, ''Hitch-22'', he wrote of having sex with two (unnamed) male members of {{w|Margaret Thatcher|Margaret Thatcher's}} cabinet. Hitchens was well-known for his drinking and smoking habits, consuming 50,000 cigarettes a year according to one report, and drinking enough every day "to stun the average mule" (according to Hitchens himself). The discovery of cancer last year was, according to Hitchens, "something so predictable and banal that it bores even me".
{{w|Salman Rushdie}}, whowhom Hitchens had supported against Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa, wrote on Twitter following Hitchens' death: "Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops". The scientist and atheist author {{w|Richard Dawkins}} also paid tribute to Hitchens: "I shall miss him terribly and so will everybody who values the life of the intellect, of rationality of reason".
Hitchens was not close to his brother {{w|Peter Hitchens}}, a conservative columnist and author. He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, a daughter, Antonia, and two children from an earlier marriage, Alexander and Sophia.