Audrey Wells, the screenwriter of the 2003 romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun the 2017's film The Hate U Give, has died at the age of 58.
UTA confirmed the tragic news on Friday, October 3. In a statement, her husband, Brian Larky, said,
Over the last five and half years, Audrey fought valiantly against her illness and she died surrounded by love. Even during her fight, she never stopped living, working or traveling, and she never lost her joy, wonder and optimism. She was, simply, the most incredible wife and partner imaginable, and she knew always that she was loved by Tatiana, me, and the friends who were her chosen family. She said just recently, ‘We’re so lucky, honey. We got to live a love story. Who gets to do that?’ We will carry her forward with us forever — as a mother, as a wife, as an artist and creator, and as a friend. She was irreplaceable.
UTA co-president David Kramer added,
Audrey was a beloved client and, far more importantly, a wonderful friend. It was impossible not to fall in love with her and the passion that brought her stories to life. The strong, independent female characters she shaped resonate today more than ever and will be a part of her legacy always. We will miss her amazing, spirit, creativity and the love she gave us. She was truly special.
As for the cause of death, a representative from United Talent Agency said Audrey passed away after a five-year battle with cancer on Thursday, October 4.
In addition to her husband, Audrey is survived by their daughter Tatiana. Brian said in a statement that his wife "fought valiantly against her illness" and died "surrounded by love."
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the late screenwriter's favorite nonprofits, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and The Feminist Majority Foundation.
Rest In Peace Audrey Wells!
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