PJ O’Rourke dies aged 74 – Former National Lampoon editor & beloved journalist mourns ‘great literary achievements’

National Lampoon FORMER editor and beloved journalist Partick PJ O’Rourke has died aged 74, as he mourns his “great literary achievements.”

News of the journalist’s death was confirmed by the United Talent Agency on Tuesday.

PJ O'Rourke was pronounced dead on Tuesday


PJ O’Rourke was pronounced dead on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
PJ O'Rourke has written 20 books over the course of his career


PJ O’Rourke has written 20 books over the course of his careerCredit: Getty

O’Rourke co-host Peter Sagal, on the NPR game show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!, tweeted: “I’m afraid that’s true. Our panelist and close friend My love PJ O’Rourke has passed away.”

Writer Drew Cline also confirmed the writer’s death, saying, “I just confirmed to PJ’s journalist that it’s true. RIP, my friend. You’ll miss it so much. Damn it.”

A journalist familiar, O’Rourke is a regular reporter for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.

The 74-year-old is also a regular on the game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and columnist at The Daily Beast.

The Toledo, Ohio native received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 1969 and earned a Master’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University a year later.

O’Rourke wrote 20 books, best known for Holidays in Hell, an anthology of his articles as a freelance foreign correspondent, as he examined political concerns. such as global warming and famine from the point of view of liberalism.

Tributes to the author quickly flooded social media after news of his death spread online.

National Review editor Richard Brookhiser writes, “PJ O’Rourke and I sat together at the GOP convention in 1988. When Bush41 promised the death penalty for kingpins, PJ asked, ‘Right. even if the drug is good, and is the price fair? “”

CNN’s Jake Tapper said: “My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

O’Rourke is survived by his wife Tina, two daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia, and son, Clifford.

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