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Children’s book author, filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal dead at 51

14 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Children’s book author, filmmaker, public speaker, and memoirist, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, died at the age of 51 after losing her battle to cancer.

Rosenthal recently made headlines after she wrote a column in The New York Times titled “You May Want to Marry my Husband.” According to her longtime friend and representative, Amy Rennert, she died on Monday at their home in Chicago. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2015.

Rennert added in a statement, “Everything Amy did was life and love affirming. She was such a bright light with a great sense of wonder. Amy loved her family. She loved words, ideas, connections. She taught us that life’s seemingly small moments are not really small at all. Amy’s final essay, written under the most difficult of circumstances — a love letter to her husband Jason — was the ultimate gift to him and also to the rest of us. She leaves behind a legacy of love and beauty and kindness.”

Rosenthal has been writing children’s books since 2005. She completed 28 picture books and two memoirs titled “Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal” and “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.” She also delivered Technology, Entertainment and Design Talks and produced short flicks on YouTube.

More on the essay of Amy, she begged someone to fall in love with her husband, Jason Rosenthal, again. She described her husband as an easy man to fall in love with, a sharp dresser, and an absolutely wonderful father. The two share three children together namely 24-year-old Justin, 22-year-old Miles, and 19-year-old Paris.

Jason said in a statement after his late wife’s article went viral, “I didn’t know exactly what she was composing. But I was with her as she labored through this process and I can tell you that writing the story was no easy task. When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.”

The column was out in the March 3 online Style section of The Times and in the Sunday newspaper section two days later. It drew almost four and a half million readers for the online version.

Her family has not released any statement yet.

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