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.
I'm not passing judgement, just stating the fact that this isn't a huge shock given Hitchens love for cigarettes. Here's hoping he's done with them and can keep his voice...and his life. He's been a huge inspiration to me for quite some time and the world isn't ready for him to leave the stage.