Author, Fashion Publicist Erica Kennedy Has Died

Erica Kennedy has died at the age of 42. Kennedy was an author and writer whose work was published in the New York Daily News, Vibe, In Style, and other publications. She got her start as a fashion publicist and continued on as a social media and branding consultant.

Her first book, Bling, was a satire about an aspiring hip-hop artist. And her second novel, Feminista, was about a hotshot celebrity journalist searching for love.

News of her death has traveled across Twitter with one of her biggest fans, Roger Ebert, saying that “the world is a lesser place” with her gone. Kennedy was 42 years old. The cause of her death has not been made public.

You can click here for a 2009 Q&A with the writer.

*Update: The Root reports that the Miami Beach Police Department is awaiting a toxicology report to help determine the cause Kennedy’s death. There were no signs of a break-in at her home or other “foul play.” The report will take four to six weeks. Her family requests that, instead of flowers and gifts, donations on Kennedy’s behalf be made to either Groundwork Opportunities or the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

[via The Root]