I am very very saddened to say that Christopher Hitchens has lost his battle with cancer. He was 62 years old. He was diagnosed more than a year ago, and while there was at least a slim hope of beating the cancer, we all have known for some time that this day was likely to be soon upon us.
Hitchens was an illuminating, if controversial force who contributed much to the world, especially in the areas of ethical and religious debate. Despite his deteriorating health, he managed to continue his irreverent and pointed public commentary almost to the very end.
I first met Christopher Hitchens at Tam-5. Sadly I never got a picture with him, but at least I shook his hand. He was not able to make the next two Tam’s for various reasons and then he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which prevented him from attending many more conferences.
I’m sorry I did not get to know him better, though many of my close friends did. We appreciate his contributions enormously and will miss him.
For those involved in skepticism, secularism and related areas, this is a sad day.
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