12/16/2011 06:44 am ET Updated Feb 15, 2012

Christopher Hitchens Dies: Writer Remembered On Twitter By Ricky Gervais, Stars

Following the death of legendary writer Christopher Hitchens late Thursday following a bout with cancer, his friends and admirers reacted to the loss on Twitter. Remembering their correspondence and paying tribute to Hitchens' ideas, friend and fellow atheist Ricky Gervais sent out the following tweets, amongst others:

As celebrities and friends of Hitchens begin to tweet our their memories, we will update this article with their statements.