Julie Powell, an American author known for her book ‘Julie & Julia’ passed away at the age of 49 on Oct. 26, reportedly from cardiac arrest.

Powell’s death was announced by Judy Clain, the editor-in-chief of Little, Brown and Co., who said, “We mourn her loss with her husband Eric and her family. We are sending our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Julie, whether personally or through the deep connection she forged with readers of her memoirs. She was a brilliant writer and a daring, original person and she will not be forgotten.”

She was fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19, and had gotten sick with Covid back in September, and in October she reported getting sick again, seemingly catching something from her husband.

One day before her passing, Powell tweeted about an odd ailment that she woke up with called “Black Hairy Tongue.” She said,

“So I woke up with something that’s literally Black Hairy Tongue. People, including my doctor, seem to think it’s no big deal, and will go away soon, but it certainly is gross.”

According to Mayo Clinic, black hairy tongue is a “buildup of dead skin cells” which accumulate on the tongue, but typically “doesn’t cause any health problems.”

Last year, Powell posted many tweets admonishing people who were not vaccinated for Covid-19, calling them “lunatics” and “assholes.”

In one tweet, Powell discussed not allowing unvaccinated relatives into her house, saying,

“My cousin won’t get vaccinated and I don’t want to allow him in the house with my niece and nephew who are too young to be vaccinated.”

In another, Powell said,

“The notary isn’t intending on getting vaccinated, so that’s fun. We were civil. We probably shouldn’t have been.”

In another particularly hateful Tweet, Powell suggested that Covid was killing some of the “right people,” celebrating the deaths of those who did not get a vaccination.

“I would argue that COVID does kill some of the right people. The anti-vaxxers/maskers are dying in legions.

But yes. It’s a real shame about Kavanaugh.”


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