Writer Julie Powell Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack at 49

Writer Julie Powell has died suddenly after suffering a heart attack at just 49 years old, her family has confirmed.

Powell was behind the popular food blog the Julie/Julia Project which inspired a best-selling book and a hit movie starring Meryl Streep.

She died at her home in Olivebridge, in upstate New York on October 26.

Her husband, Eric Powell, confirmed to The New York Times that his wife died of a sudden cardiac arrest.

In recent months, Powell, who described herself as “a vaccinated, boosted person,” became an advocate for Covid vaccination efforts.

However, Powell’s controversial form of advocacy often involved demonizing the unvaccinated.

She provoked outrage last year by arguing that “COVID does kill some of the right people” because “anti-vaxxers/maskers are dying in legions.”

Powell’s friends have described her as a “brilliant writer and a daring, original person.”

Her editor Judy Clain said: “We are sending our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Julie, whether personally or through the deep connections she forged with readers of her memoirs.”

After writing her hit 2005 memoir Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, Powell appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Martha Stewart Show.

She went on to write for The New York Times, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine and won the James Beard Award twice.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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