Christopher Hitchens, one of Britain’s most controversial journalists, has died at the age of 62. He had been suffering from oesophageal cancer.
Hitchens became famous in the 70s for his work at the New Statesman, where he wrote with force about subjects ranging from the war in Vietnam to the Catholic church. He travelled widely, reporting from countries such as Poland, Malaysia and Iraq during periods of conflict.
In the 80s, Hitchens began to work for a succession of US magazines, including Vanity Fair, and he eventually took US citizenship. He controversially supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while his book God is Not Great depicted religion as a stupid and vile thing. He polarised audiences to a great degree.