Oxford-educated Hitchens didn't shy away from controversy. Rather he embraced it.
From authoring the best-seller God is Not Great
, Hitchens also became famous for penning critical columns at Vanity Fair
on Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Bill Clinton.
Hitchens' intellect made him popular on talk shows as a political observer and he was known as an atheist and believed in the philosophical values of the "Enlightenment."
He was a dual British-American after taking the American citizen oath in 2007 on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.
lived life to the fullest, including drinking others under the table and smoking more than the average man.
Hitchens died at MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.
Speaking about his cancer one year ago in Vanity Fair
, Hitchens said, “Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic.”
Hitchens didn't let cancer beat him down, though, and instead he wrote several articles while dealing with his illness.
In June 2011 he wrote
, “My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends.”
Those friends were there to the end, surrounding him as he died.