Who Was PJ O’Rourke? US Political Satirist Dies At 74 Check Cause Of Death Bio

The American political satirist and journalist Patrick Jake PJ O’Rourke has died at the age of 74. The heartbreaking news was confirmed by a New York-based publisher of books, Grove Atlantic. The company said that Patrick Jake passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Hampshire, US. Grove Atlantic CEO and Publisher Morgan Entrekin called PJ one of the major voices of his generation and addressed him as a close friend too. Morgan added that O’Rourke played a major role in helping the company stay independent. Jake’s insightful reporting, verbal acuity and gift at writing laugh-out-loud prose were unparalleled, said Atlantic CEO.

Who Was PJ O'Rourke? US Political Satirist Dies At 74 Check Cause Of Death

Patrick Jake O’Rourke sudden death has left all his loved ones in pain. Tributes are being paid to the late journalist while netizens are also extending their support to his family. Sharing Patrick’s passing news, Grove Atlantic revealed his cause of death too. It was stated that the 74-year-old died of lung cancer. Yes, as per reports, Patrick Jake was battling the dreaded disease for quite some time. However, he could not defeat the disease as it snatched his life in the early hours of Tuesday. Patrick is survived by Tina O’Rourke, his wife, and his three children.

Who Was PJ O’Rourke?

Born on November 14, 1947, Patrick Jake O’Rourke was well-known as PJ O’rourke. He was an American journalist and political satirist. Patrick was also the research fellow of H.L Mencken at the Cato Institute and was also a regular correspondent for The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic Monthly, and, The American Spectator. Besides, PJ was a frequent panellist on National Public Radio’s game show titled “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me”.

From 2011 to 2016, Patrick was a columnist at the Daily Beast, an American news website focused on politics. In his life, the American publisher has authored a total of 16 books in which three of his books made The New York Times Best Seller List. He was born in Ohio and graduated from Toledo’s DeVilbiss High School in 1965. Patrick went to Miami University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1969. He also received a Master of Arts degree in English at Johns Hopkins University.

O’Rourke wrote articles for numerous publications including A.J. at N.Y.U before joining National Lampoon in 1973. Here, he served as editor-in-chief and went on to author articles like “Foreigners Around The World”. Later, his writing appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Car And Driver, and several magazines. From 1990 to 1993, Patrick was married to Amy Lumet. He married Tina Mallon in 1995 and the couple share two daughters named Olivia and Elizabeth. In 2008, Patrick was diagnosed with curable, anal cancer. However, he died of lung cancer in 2022.

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