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Political satirist, PJ O'Rourke has died at age 74

Political satirist, PJ O'Rourke has died at age 74

Conservative commentator and satirist, PJ O’Rourke has died at age 74 of complications from lung cancer.

O’Rourke was well known for his dissection of US politics and culture and held various roles over his career, which included working as the editor in chief of National Lampoon and Rolling Stone’s foreign affairs desk chief.

The vice president at Grove Atlantic, Deb Seager, said in a statement: 'Our dear friend and cherished Grove Atlantic author P J O’Rourke passed away this morning from complications of lung cancer.'

Seager went on to highlight O’Rourke’s accomplishments: ‘A journalist and political satirist, O’Rourke wrote over 20 books on subjects as diverse as politics, cars, etiquette, and economics, including his two No. 1 New York Times Bestsellers, 'Parliament of Whores' and 'Give War a Chance.'’

He was greatly admired by his colleagues who have paid tribute to him online.

O’Rourke is survived by his wife, Tina, and three children.