Heather Armstrong, who was referred to as the “Queen of mommy blogging,” has passed away at the age of 47.
Heather Armstrong, the blogger who gained popularity in the 2000s for sharing her experiences of motherhood on her website Dooce, has passed away at the age of 47.
Her partner, Pete Ashdown, found her at their home in Utah on Tuesday night. Armstrong, also known as the “queen of mommy blogging,” wrote candidly about motherhood, relationships, and her personal struggles, attracting more than eight million monthly visitors to her website at its peak.
In 2009, Armstrong was included in Forbes’ list of the 30 most influential women in media. She founded Dooce in the early 2000s as a platform to write about leaving the Mormon church, sex, and work.
After being fired from her job as a web designer in Los Angeles, she began to write about her pregnancy and parenting struggles.
Her honesty in her writing attracted a vast audience, and she wrote three books, including the memoir “It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita.” Armstrong was also an advocate for mental health awareness, having suffered from chronic depression throughout her life.
According to her partner, she had been sober for over 18 months before a recent relapse, and she died by suicide. Armstrong is survived by her ex-husband, daughter, son, and partner.
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