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Christopher Hitchens, famed British-born author, literary critic and journalist, passed away Thursday at a hospital in Texas. He was 62 years old.

He died from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer.

Vanity Fair magazine, his longtime employer, announced his death, and said simply that there would “never be another like Christopher.”

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VF 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.”

Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1949.

He began his career as a journalist in the UK in the 1970s and later moved to N.Y. City, becoming Vanity Fair contributing editor in November 1992.

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