Christopher Hitchens, great thinker and all-around decent human being, died of cancer a few months ago. Hitchens was an avowed atheist, and reached his greatest fame here in the States after publication of his book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, which was a lighthearted romp.
Now the Daily Mail has published an article about the last days of his life. It can be read here. The money quote:
Hitchens knew he was dying but saw the funny side of all the glowing praise for his literary work. ‘Now so many tributes that it also seems that rumours of my LIFE have also been greatly exaggerated.
‘Lived to see most of what’s going to be written about me: this too is exhilarating, but hits diminishing returns when I realise how soon it, too will be “background.”‘