Damnit! http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9483416-author-pundit-christopher-hitchens-dies-at-62 By The Associated Press HOUSTON -- Christopher Hitchens, the author, essayist and pundit, has died after a lengthy, public battle with cancer. He was 62. Hitchens death was announced in a statement from Conde Nast, publisher of Vanity Fair magazine. The statement says he died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer. Known for his militant humanism and independence, Hitchens had announced in June 2010 he was being treated for cancer of the esophagus. He was a prolific writer known for his essays in Vanity Fair and Slate and for his best-selling manifesto for atheists, "God is Not Great." He believed in pluralism and racial justice and freedom of speech, big cities and fine art.