A popular blogger has tragically died.
Heather Armstrong, who is known by her fans by the name of her website, Dooce.com, shot to fame on social media by documenting life with her two children, Marlo and Leta.
As well as writing about play dates and potty training, she also documented the ups and downs of motherhood.
Devastatingly, it has been confirmed that she has died aged 47.
Her partner, Pete Ashdown, announced the tragedy on her Instagram page.
He penned: “Heather Brooke Hamilton aka Heather B Armstrong aka dooce aka love of my life. July 19, 1975 – May 9, 2023.
“‘It takes an ocean not to break’. Hold your loved ones close and love everyone else.”
Ashdown told The Associated Press that he found Armstrong on Tuesday night at their Salt Lake City home.
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Her partner claims that she died by suicide.
In a statement to ABC News, he said: “Heather B Hamilton (Armstrong) was a brilliant, funny, compassionate writer who struggled with mental health and alcoholism.
“She saved many lives through her authorship on depression, but in the end could not save herself.”
He added: “Heather believed that ending her life was wrong, but in the end, her judgment was clouded by alcohol.
“She was loved and will be deeply missed.”
In an interview with Good Morning America in 2009, Armstrong opened up about her serious battle with depression and revealed it was an ‘ongoing battle’.
While in a mental hospital for postpartum depression, she credited her blog audience for helping her get through the difficult period.
“Blogging about it saved my life,” she acknowledged.
“I really think that the support I got from all those amazing readers was part of the reason I decided to check into the hospital, and that hospital stay saved my life.”
Armstong and her first husband, Jon, the father of her two kids, separated in 2012.
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At the time of her passing, the blogger lived with her partner and two children, 19-year-old Leta and 13-year-old Marlo, reports AP.
After hearing the tragic news about Armstrong, many of her fans have taken to social media and paid tribute.
One person pens: “RIP beautiful one. Taken too soon from us. We all walked the path.”
Another adds: “So, so sorry the world was too much to hold on to.”
While a third fan writes: “This is shattering. Thank you for making me want to write, Heather.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.
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