Clive James | health and death

Health and death

For much of his early life, James was a heavy drinker and smoker. He recorded in May Week Was in June his habit of filling a hubcap ashtray daily.[75][76] At various times he wrote of attempts – intermittently successful – to give up drinking and smoking.[77] He smoked 80 cigarettes a day for a number of years before giving up in 2005. He had also given up, for 13 years, from his early 30s.[78]

In April 2011, after media speculation that he had suffered kidney failure,[79] James confirmed in June 2012 that B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia "had beaten him" and that he was "near the end".[80] He said that he was also diagnosed with emphysema and kidney failure in early 2010.[81]

On 3 September 2013, an interview with journalist Kerry O'Brien, Clive James: The Kid from Kogarah, was broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[82] The interview was filmed in the library of his old college at Cambridge University. In the extended interview, James discussed his illness and confronting mortality.[82] James wrote the poem "Japanese Maple" which was published in The New Yorker in 2014 and described as his "farewell poem".[83] The New York Times called it "a poignant meditation on his impending death".[84]

In a BBC interview with Charlie Stayt, broadcast on 31 March 2015, James described himself as "near to death but thankful for life".[85] In October 2015, he admitted to feeling "embarrassment" at still being alive thanks to experimental drug treatment.[86]

Until June 2017, he wrote a weekly column for The Guardian entitled "Reports of My Death...".[87]

James died on 24 November 2019 at his home in Cambridge.[88]

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