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Erica Kennedy, writer, found dead in her Miami Beach apartment; March 24, 1970 -- June 11, 2012

MIAMI -- Writer Erica Kennedy has been found dead in her Miami Beach apartment. She was 42.

Police confirmed Monday that Kennedy, whose full name was Erica Kennedy Johnson, was found dead last week. No cause was immediately reported.

"We are devastated by this incredible loss," said Kennedy's aunt, Sarah Robinson. "Erica was bright, funny, talented, thoughtful and passionate. In her 42 years, she lived many lives as a fashion publicist, a journalist, a novelist, a blogger, a brand consultant and a social media connector. But perhaps her most remarkable accomplishment was the indelible mark she has left on the lives of so many people across the globe.

"We love Erica and, like her countless friends and colleagues, we will miss her."

According to a bio linked to Kennedy's Twitter account, the former fashion publicist began her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. She went on to write about fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, Paper and Elle UK.

She published the hip-hop satire "Bling" in 2004 with a book cover of her own design. It became a New York Times best-seller and was optioned for film by the Weinstein Company.

Kennedy's follow-up novel, "Feminista," was released in 2009.

At the end of 2010, Kennedy was named to the Ebony Power 100, a list of influential African-Americans.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, Kennedy worked most recently as a creative consultant for fashion and lifestyle brands.

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