May 26, 2022

Political writer P.J. O’Rourke passes away at 74

Political writer and humorist P.J. O’Rourke passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74.

O’Rourke reportedly passed away from complications from lung cancer.

The former editor-in-chief of “The National Lampoon,” O’Rourke was known for mocking political leaders across the spectrum.

“Patrick Jake O’Rourke authored more than 20 books whose topics included politics, economics and cars. Two of them topped the New York Times Bestsellers list: ‘Parliament of Whores,’ in which he used humor to explain the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and ‘Give War a Chance,’ a book about international conflict and crisis,” Reuters reported.

“Later in life he contributed to more conservative outlets including The Weekly Standard and served as the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute,” NHPR reported.

“This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our Member Stations, and the millions of public radio listeners who enjoyed hearing from P.J. O’Rourke as a Wait…Wait panelist and counted on his irreverent take on the news every week,” Anya Grundmann, NPR’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement in the report.

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

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