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December 16th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

'A great voice falls silent': Christopher Hitchens tributes pour in on Twitter

By Nick Thompson, CNN

(CNN) - "My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends," wrote Christopher Hitchens in June before his death Friday from complications of esophageal cancer at the age of 62.

Now, friends and peers of the British-American author have eulogized Hitchens on Twitter.

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The tributes were led by British novelist Salman Rushdie, who tweeted "Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops."

Hitchens, an outspoken atheist and critic of religion, defended Rushdie when the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa on his life in 1989 following the publication of "The Satanic Verses."

Richard Dawkins, a fellow atheist and author of "The God Delusion," tweeted: "Christopher Hitchens, finest orator of our time, fellow horseman, valiant fighter against all tyrants including God."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Bible • Death

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. prix pompe piscine

    Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  2. EvolvedDNA

    HS..waiting for you to tell us the truth of jesus message... if you had actual facts to refute what Warmestghost had to say you would have put them out here...instead you have run off with your fingers in your ears. I am so glad that religion is squirming in the light of reason after two thousand years of unfettered access to the human mind.

    December 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • just sayin

      tributes might be pourin in on twitter, but there sure ain't much on the story here.

      December 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
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