Christopher Hitchens was influential yet contorversial, a writer, journalist, atheist and esophageal cancer sufferer. Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011 of pneumonia after struggling with esophageal cancer since June of 2010.
“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,” BBC News reported that he wrote in an August 2010 Vanity Fair essay.
To read more about Hitchens and his struggle with esophageal cancer, click here.
To read Vanity Fair’s “Toast” to Hitchens, click here.