Rachel Held Evans, a New York Times best-selling progressive Christian writer, has died at age 37.
Evans died Saturday morning at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, after she had been in a medically induced coma for several weeks.
“It is with a broken heart that we share with you that Rachel Held Evans died early this morning. She took a serious turn on Thursday morning and deteriorated quickly. Rachel died in the very early morning hours of May 4, 2019. She was surrounded by her family and her close friends – we sang and we prayed and we held her always. We are grateful for your prayers and for all the ways you have supported not only her but her family especially Dan and the kids,” wrote Sarah Bessey, a feminist Christian author and friend of Evans’ in an update on the official GoFundMe page for the family.
“She put others before herself,” her husband, Dan Evans, said in an email to Slate on Saturday. “She shared her platform. She always remembered how others had helped her. She enjoyed seeing other people in contexts where they thrived. She didn’t hold grudges, would forget as well as forgive. She had little time for pettiness and a big heart for people. And these are all things I wish I had told her more while I still had the privilege to keep her company.”
Evans announced on April 14 that she was in the hospital to treat a urinary tract infection, the flu, and an allergic reaction to antibiotics. However, she began experiencing symptoms that caused her to have constant seizures and was admitted to an intensive care unit.
Jeff Chu, a reporter and friend of Evans, wrote on Twitter Saturday: “She gave me some of the best advice I ever received. She loved me so, so, so well—and I know I’m not alone in that, because she gave so much of herself to others. Last night, a few of us gathered to say goodbye to her. I got to hold her hand and thank her for being who she was.
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Source: Christian Post