Reports: Writer Erica Kennedy Dead

(The Root) — Erica Kennedy, an author and blogger best known for popular novels Feminista and Bling, has died, according to various reports. The Root has confirmed through sources that she has died, but no further details on the circumstances are available yet.

A former fashion publicist, Kennedy started her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. She went on to write about fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, Paper and Elle UK, according to her website.

In 2004 she published a satire on the high stakes world of hip-hop with her debut novel Bling, which went on to become a New York Times best-seller. Five years later she released her second novel, Feminista, a story about smart, modern women. Fellow author Rebecca Walker interviewed Kennedy for The Root in 2009.

According to Dr. Goddess:

Today, on Twitter, many of us learned that Author and Fashionista, Erica J. Kennedy passed away. According to her cousin, @bossladydani, she was found in her New York apartment.

We will hear much more about what happened in the future but as someone who archives and talks about “the bombastic brilliance of Black Twitter,” I found myself scrolling through Erica Kennedy’s timeline and laughing, smiling and crying. She was young, beautiful, talented, brilliant, all of that. Erica arrived on Twitter, initially, as @Feminista09 and then moved to @ericajk

We’ll bring you updates to this sad story as they come in. In the meantime, read more on Dr. Goddess’ blog and at Bassey’s World.

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