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Richard Dawkins cancels Australia and New Zealand speaking tour after suffering stroke

The 74-year-old author of The God Delusion suffered a “minor stroke” in the UK on Saturday.

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According to the Guardian, evolutionary biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins had canceled an Australian and New Zealand speaking tour due to a stroke.

The 74-year-old author of The God Delusion’s camp said he had suffered a “minor stroke” in the UK on Saturday but was released from the hospital

“On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery,” a statement from his management said. “He is already at home recuperating.

“This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour. He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future.”

From the Guardian:

By Thursday he had recovered enough to use Twitter, plugging a book called God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, for which he had written the foreword.

The famous atheist was due to begin his tour at the Sydney Opera House on 28 February and move on to Brisbane and Melbourne before crossing the Tasman to speak at the NZ festival in Wellington on 4 March.

The events were to be [centered] around his recently published second memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark. It’s his 13th book. His first, The Selfish Gene, published in 1976, has sold more than a million copies. The God Delusion, the 2006 book for which he is now best known, has sold more than three million.

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