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Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author who wrote heartbreaking 'dating profile' for husband, dead at 51

The terminally ill Chicago author who wrote a heartbreaking "dating profile" for her husband has died.

According to The Associated Press, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, died Monday, her literary agent confirmed. She was 51.

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In a column titled "You May Want to Marry My Husband" published earlier this month in The New York Times, Rosenthal, known for her children's books and the memoir "Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal," wrote about how she hoped that her husband, Jason, will love again after her death. The essay quickly went viral online, with more than 4 1/2 million readers, the Times reported.

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"I'm facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one," Rosenthal wrote. "I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse."

She then described her husband of 26 years in a mock dating profile.

"I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I'm going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days," she wrote.

Rosenthal called Jason an "absolutely wonderful father" and a "dreamy, let's-go-for-it travel companion."

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She added: "Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana.

"This is a man who emerges from the minimart or gas station and says, 'Give me your palm.' And, voila, a colorful gumball appears. (He knows I love all the flavors but white.)

"My guess is you know enough about him now. So let's swipe right."

Days later, Jason shared his emotional reaction to the essay.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Husband of dying author says he was 'ripped apart' by emotional 'dating profile'

"I was with her as she labored through this process, and I can tell you that writing the story was no easy task," Jason told People magazine. "When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.”

He said he doesn't have his wife's way with words, "but if I did, I can assure you that my tale would be about the most epic love story – ours," People reported.

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That love was apparent on Valentine's Day, when Jason "hung music sheets with words to different love songs for Amy, with notes on each one," Rosenthal's literary agent, Amy Rennert, told the Chicago Sun-Times. It was the same day Rosenthal completed her column.

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Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge dead at 60

Joni Sledge of the music group Sister Sledge has died at age 60.

According to The Associated Press, Biff Warren, publicist for the band best known for its 1979 hit "We Are Family," said a friend found Sledge dead in her Phoenix home Friday. Her cause of death is not yet known.   

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Warren told the AP and CNN that Sledge had not been sick.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the group, formed by Sledge and her sisters in 1971, announced the news and asked for prayers.

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"Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni, passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord," the post read.

"We thank you in advance for allowing us the privacy to mourn quietly as a family. We miss her and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which she loved and embraced life."

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Sledge leaves behind a son and her sisters, the AP reported.

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Joseph Wapner, 'People's Court' judge, dead at 97

Rest in peace, Judge Joseph Wapner.

According to The Associated Press and TMZ, the fan favorite from “The People’s Court” died Sunday. He was 97 years old.

"The People's Court," which debuted in September 1981, helped open the doors for reality TV, including popular court shows.

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Wapner entertained audiences with his opinionated personality and heard thousands of cases during his 12-year run, which ended in 1993.

Before he was a TV judge, Wapner was a judge in Los Angeles' municipal and superior courts. 

He was reportedly hospitalized earlier last week for breathing problems, and his condition worsened. He returned to his Los Angeles home on Friday and was under hospice care until he passed away on Sunday.

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Wapner was married to his wife, Mickey, for 70 years and had three children.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Matt Roberts, former 3 Doors Down guitarist, dead at 38

Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts died Saturday, just hours before he was supposed to perform at a benefit concert in Wisconsin, CNN reports. He was 38.

According to CNN, Roberts' father, Darrell, had traveled with his son to West Bend, where Roberts was scheduled to play at Rockin' for Heroes, a fundraiser for veterans, this weekend.

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Darrell Roberts said he learned of his son's death Saturday morning from police, who said Roberts was found "either asleep or passed out in the hallway of his hotel." 

"I was wakened at 8:50 (Saturday) morning by some detectives beating on my door," Darrell Roberts told CNN. "It's always scary as a parent; they were in suits and that's when they told me."

Roberts' cause of death was not yet known, but his father told CNN that the guitarist, who left 3 Doors Down in 2012 because of "health issues," was addicted to prescription drugs.

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"He suffered greatly from anxiety," Darrell Roberts said. "It's crazy; as a performer, he never liked crowds or liked places he didn't know about as a baby, as a child, and this was his way of dealing with it, and me and him talked about it often."

He added, "I thought he had beaten it all."

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Celebs pay tribute to ​'All My Children' star David Canary, dead at 77

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Emmy Award winner David Canary, who played Adam Chandler on "All My Children" for three decades, has died. He was 77.

The actor died Nov. 16 of natural causes in Wilton, Connecticut, according to the Wilton Bulletin

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Canary leaves behind his wife, Maureen, as well as a son and daughter. 

Celebrities including Kelly Ripa and Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Twitter to pay tribute to Canary. 

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'One Life to Live' star Nathaniel Marston dead at 40

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"One Life to Live" star Nathaniel Marston died Wednesday, less than two weeks after a car crash left him in critical condition at a Reno, Nevada, hospital. He was 40.

Marston's mother, Elizabeth Jackson, shared the news on Facebook.

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"My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night, was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries," she wrote Wednesday. "Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms."

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According to the Huffington Post, police said Marston likely fell asleep while driving on Oct. 30, causing him to lose control of his pickup truck. The vehicle reportedly flipped before Marston was ejected, breaking parts of his back and neck.

Marston was known for his role as Michael McBain in "One Life to Live." He also appeared in "As the World Turns."

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Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson dead at 29

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Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, one of the most promising young talents in the game just five years ago, is dead at age 29.

Hanson died late Monday after suffering “catastrophic organ failure,” a person familiar with the situation told WSB-TV’s Zach Klein, who first reported that Hanson was in a coma and had been transferred to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

>> UPDATE: Ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson possibly overdosed, sheriff's report says

It was uncertain as to what brought on the condition.

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A friend and former teammate of Hanson’s told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 7:50 p.m. that the situation was grave, and another former Braves teammate, Jordan Schafer, posted on his Twitter account at 11:06 p.m.: “This breaks my heart. RIP TH.”

Hanson had a 49-35 record and 3.80 ERA in 123 games (121 starts) over five major league seasons, the first four of those with the Braves. Shoulder problems and a concussion stalled his career, and he last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels after being traded by the Braves in December 2012.

Hanson pitched in Triple-A during parts of the past two seasons, in the White Sox organization in 2014 and the Giants organization in 2015.

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A California native known for his amiable personality, Hanson was a 22nd round draft pick by the Braves in 2005 out of Riverside Community College.

Hanson finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2009, behind Chris Coghlan and J.A. Happ and ahead of Andrew McCutchen. Hanson was 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 21 starts that season for Atlanta, earning the early summer call-up after posting a 1.49 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A Gwinnett.

For complete coverage, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV

Athletes, celebrities remember Yogi Berra, dead at 90

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Baseball icon Yogi Berra has died, The Associated Press reported early Wednesday. He was 90.

Athletes and celebrities quickly turned to social media to pay their respects. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

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