‘Queen of the mommy bloggers’ Heather Armstrong dies aged 47 after detailing battle with depression

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Heather Armstrong – an influencer and original “mommy blogger” known by the name “Dooce” – has died aged 47, her social media confirmed.

A post on her Instagram account appeared to confirm her passing on 9 May. “Heather Brooke Hamilton aka Heather B Armstrong aka dooce aka love of my life. July 19, 1975 - May 9, 2023,” the caption read. “‘It takes an ocean not to break.’ Hold your loved ones close and love everyone else.”

No further details on her cause of death have been revealed.

Armstrong, who lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, rose to internet fame in the early 2000s with her popular blog, Dooce.com. The mother of two, often hailed as the “queen of the mommy bloggers” wrote candidly about parenthood, her struggles with sobriety and depression, and why she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to Vox.

She was named one of Forbes top 30 most influential women in media in 2009, and went on to author many books, including Things I Learned About My Dad: In Therapy,It Sucked Then I Cried, and The Valedictorian of Death.

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