Cancer claims the life of Canadian journalist Christie Blatchford

Christie Blatchford was a seasoned journalist, who worked for all four big daily newspapers

She was opinionated. That was Christie Blatchford’s job. She got people talking.

The longtime newspaper columnist and author died today at age 68.

Blatchford’s writing covered numerous topics but crime and Canada’s justice system was a favourite.

She won numerous awards. Blatchford’s tenure included stints at the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Toronto Sun.

Word of her death has prompted an outpouring of condolences on social media from the people she covered, colleagues and fans.

Blatchford was diagnosed with lung cancer in November and had been undergoing treatment in Toronto.

According to a profile, the cancer had metastasized to her bones in the hip and spine by the time it was detected.

Her death was confirmed by her brother Les Blatchford.

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