Writer Erica Kennedy, 42

Writer Erica Kennedy (left) has been found dead in her Miami Beach apartment. She was 42. Kennedy, whose full name was Erica Kennedy Johnson, was found dead last week. No cause was immediately reported. A former fashion publicist, she began her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. She later wrote fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, Paper and Elle UK. She published the hip-hop novel “Bling” in 2004  and “Feminista” in 2009. “Bling” tells the story of a young, innocent mixed-race woman trying to break into the music business. A gifted singer, she is remade in flashy style by a rapacious record mogul. Kennedy was a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University.
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