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Conservative political journalist and satirist P.J. O’Rourke died at age 74 from lung issues late Tuesday afternoon.
A press release from the Grove Atlantic publishing firm confirmed his passing in a prolonged tribute to the creator.
“Our dear friend and cherished Grove Atlantic author P.J. O’Rourke passed away this morning from complications of lung cancer,” Grove Atlantic stated.
CEO and Publisher of Grove Atlantic Morgan Entrekin stated, “P.J. was one of the major voices of his generation. He was also a close friend and partner for more than 40 years.”
“His passing leaves a huge hole in my life both personal and professional. My thoughts and prayers are with Tina and his children,” he added.
Journalists, colleagues, and followers paid tribute to O’Rourke’s passing together with Arizona (*74*) Governor Doug Ducey.
“Sad to hear of PJ O’Rourke’s passing. A legendary conservative columnist – and fellow Toledoan – PJ always brought humor to the most complex of issues. RIP,” Ducey tweeted.
“SO saddened by the news of the death of PJ O’Rourke. His humor & satire were w/out peer. PJ was a dear & generous friend who kindly helped my presidential campaign 2 decades ago. His piercing wit will be missed, especially during these times! Our deepest sympathy to his family,” Forbes founder Steve Forbes wrote.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier known as O’Rourke a “great writer.”
O’Rourke wrote over 20 books in lifetime overlaying numerous topics starting from automobiles to politics. He was additionally the previous editor of the National Lampoon and contributed to a lot of publications together with the Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, and extra.