The journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62.
A self-styled "contrarian", he was best known for a series of books questioning public figures including Bill Clinton, Mother Theresa, and the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Generally considered a liberal, he dismayed many of his readers by supporting President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
He devoted the final years of his life to campaigning against organized religion.
From Washington, Simon Marks reports.
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In the modern era, there were few more Bohemian characters than Christopher Hitchens.
I once woke him up at around 11 in the morning for a prearranged interview.
"How are you doing?" I asked after he staggered to his front door.
"It's a little too early to tell", cam...
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