FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2010 file photo taken from video author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens speaks during an appearance in Birmingham, Ala. Vanity Fair reports Hitchens died on Thursday Dec. 15, 2011 at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus his magazine. The magazine reports he died in the presence of friends at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)