The day after the death of famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, his conservative Anglican brother Peter Hitchens publicly mourned his brother's death via a column written for the Daily Mail.
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Peter Hitchens, who is a regular columnist and journalist for the U.K. digital publication, admitted in his article that he struggled with how to respond to condolences and inquiries for interviews in light of a sometimes strained but very public relationship between the two.
He wrote that he was compelled to share with readers soon after his closest living relative passed away late Thursday evening after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. Christopher, author of God is Not Great, was given advanced treatments for the cancer including radiation, but continued to downslide throughout the year.
Peter Hitchens, who is a confirmed member of the Church of England, begins, "How odd it is to hear of your own brother's death on an early morning radio bulletin. How odd it is for a private loss to be a public event.
"I wouldn't normally dream of writing about such a thing here, and I doubt if many people would expect me to. It is made even odder by the fact that I am a minor celebrity myself. And that the, ah, complex relationship between me and my brother has been public property."
He said he spent most of Friday responding "with regrettable brevity, to the many kind and thoughtful expressions of sympathy that I have received, some from complete strangers."
SOURCE: Christian Post