Television pundit and writer Christopher Hitchens has died at 62, reports the BBC. Hitchens died from pneumonia in a Texas hospital, the story says. He had been suffering from esophageal cancer, which was diagnosed in 2010.
The publication of his 2007 book "God Is Not Great" made him a celebrity in the U.S., and he became the country’s "best-known atheist," the story says.
He wrote for publications ranging from the U.K.’s The Times Literary Supplement to The Atlantic magazine, and was the author of 17 books. He became a contributing editor to Vanity Fair in 1992.
In the late 1990s, he started appearing on cable TV news to criticize President Clinton, and continued to make regular appearances on cable, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
His many targets over the years included Michael Moore, Mel Gibson, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, the Dalai Lama and Bob Hope.