Christopher Hitchens, 1949 - 2011

I awoke this morning to the sad but not unexpected news that author and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died of pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer that he was diagnosed with in June last year. A formidable intellect, Hitchens fearlessly championed reason, against the forces of superstition and hatred. He will be sorely missed.

Here's one of my favourite videos of 'The Hitch' in action, debating free speech at Hart House, University of Toronto, in 2006: