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    Christopher Hitchens dies after battle with cancer

    British-born author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62.

    He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he was suffering from, at a Texas hospital.

    Vanity Fair magazine, which announced his death, said there would "never be another like Christopher".

    He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia.

    Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described the writer as someone "of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar".

    "Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."