Christopher Hitchens to undergo chemotherapy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British-born author Christopher Hitchens on Wednesday cut short a book tour to undergo chemotherapy, which several media outlets reported was because the heavy smoker has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens, 61, said in a statement released through his publishers Twelve.

A representative for the publisher offered no details beyond the statement.

Let’s pray for him guys! St. Blaise, patron saint of throat illnesses, pray for Mr. Hitchen’s healing and a renewed outlook on the possiblity of a Creator!

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