Journalist and political satirist PJ O’Rourke has died.
The American writer and best-selling author, who became known as the editor-in-chief of the now defunct satirical magazine National Lampoon, was 74 years old.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Morgan Entrekin, CEO of Grove Atlantic, a New York-based publisher of his books, describes him as “one of the major voices of his generation.”
“His insightful reporting, verbal sharpness, and gift for writing prose with high laughter were incomparable.”
An established conservative Republican, Patrick Jake O’Rourke was not afraid to join both Democrats and Republicans in bestsellers such as The Whore Parliament, in articles on a wide range of magazines and newspapers, and on television and radio talk shows.
In addition to about 20 books, he wrote a column for The Daily Beast for a time and appeared regularly in Atlantic, The American Spectator, Rolling Stone and The Weekly Standard, where he was editor.
He was a regular commentator on current American television shows such as 60 Minutes and The Daily Show.
After growing up in Toledo, Ohio and graduating from the University of Miami in Ohio, O’Rourke left the Midwest for the East Coast to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He began his writing career in small newspapers in Baltimore and New York and joined National Lampoon in the early 1970s, later as managing editor and editor-in-chief.
He is survived by his wife, Tina O’Rourke, and three children, according to his publisher.
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