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Outspoken, often controversial, fiercely iconoclastic - Christopher Hitchens takes on former British prime minister Tony Blair in a debate on religion.
The atheist author and journalist died aged 62 on Thursday after losing his battle with oesophageal cancer.
A heavy smoker and drinker, he had made the U.S. his home since 1981 when he moved to New York from Britain to work there as a journalist.
As a journalist, war correspondent and literary critic, he carved out a reputation for barbed repartee, scathing critiques of public figures and a fierce intelligence.
He was especially cutting on religion, through it all, never losing his biting humour.
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The author of 25 books and countless articles and columns, many with the magazine Vanity Fair, died at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston.
Sunita Rappai, Reuters