‘Dooce’ mommy blogger Heather B. Armstrong dead at 47

Heather B Armstrong gained prominence in 2001 after she launched her blog Dooce.com.

Lovingly nicknamed the ‘queen of mommy bloggers,’ Heather was found dead on Tuesday and her family confirmed her tragic death on social media.

Her boyfriend Pete Armstrong told Associated Press that he discovered the writer’s body in their home in Salt Lake City.

As Pete confirmed she died by suicide, he opened up about her recent struggles with alcoholism and depression

He revealed: “She had a relapse recently and that’s what really spiralled her down.

“She was sober for over 18 months, then started to sneak back into it. And then in the last month, she went full tilt.”

The news of Heather’s death broke on Wednesday via her Instagram page with a photo of the 47-year-old trailblazer smiling.

The caption read: “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.”

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Heather rose to fame with her relatable blog posts about the ups and downs of motherhood and marriage.

At its peak, just after she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008, her blog had a monthly 8.5 million readers.

In 2009, Heather was reognised by Forbes magazine and made the list of most influential women in media.

During her lifetime, she also wrote three books about her experiences with parenting and depression, The Valedictorian of Death, Dear Daughter and It Sucked Then I Cried.

A single post from April 2023 remains on her dooce.com website where she opened up about her battle with alcoholism.

She detailed: “Early sobriety resembles living life as a clam without its shell,” before going on to “brag” about her daughter and post meaningful music videos.

Heather is survived by her two children, Leta Elise Armstrong, 19, and Marlo Iris Armstrong, 14.

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