Best selling British-born author and Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens, 62, died on Tuesday of a serious complication of esophageal cancer in Texas. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 while on tour for his book Hitch-22. Hitchens was getting therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He documented about his declining health in his Vanity Fair column.
Hitchens’ father also died of esophageal cancer although it is not suggested to be hereditary.
“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,” Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter wrote.
“To his friends, Christopher will be remembered for his elevated but inclusive humor and for a staggering, almost punishing memory that held up under the most liquid of late-night conditions. And to all of us, his readers, Christopher Hitchens will be remembered for the millions of words he left behind. They are his legacy. And, God love him, it was his will.” He added.
He also wrote for Newsweek, The Nation, The Atlantic.
According to American Cancer Society (ACS), men are three times more prone to get the esophageal cancer than women. Moreover, people in the age range of 45-70 are at higher risk with less than 15% below 55 years of age.