Earlier this month, terminally ill author Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an essay for the New York Times titled "You May Want To Marry My Husband" that touched millions of people. On Monday, her longtime agent and friend, Amy Rennert, confirmed to People that the author has passed away at the age of 51.
"Amy’s final essay, written under the most difficult of circumstances — a love letter to her husband Jason — was the ultimate gift to him and also to the rest of us. She leaves behind a legacy of love and beauty and kindness,” Rennert told People.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015. In her popular essay, she recounted her and her husband Jason's fairy tale love story. In the essay, she created a moving "dating profile" for her husband.
"First the basics," Amy wrote in her dating profile for Jason. "He's five-foot-ten, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes." She touted his cooking skills and called him "a dreamy, let's-go-for-it travel companion."
"I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins," Amy continued.
“I didn’t know exactly what she was composing,” Jason said in a statement to People. “But I was with her as she labored through this process and I can tell you that writing the story was no easy task. 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."
"I don't have the same aptitude for the written word," he continued, "but if I did, I can assure you that my tale would be about the most epic love story… ours."