Elizabeth Wurtzel, ‘Prozac Nation’ Author, Is Dead at 52

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Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose startling 1994 memoir, “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,” won praise for opening a dialogue about clinical depression, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 52.

The writer David Samuels, a friend since childhood, said the cause was metastatic breast cancer, a disease that resulted from the BRCA genetic mutation. In 2015 Ms. Wurtzel had a double mastectomy. After her diagnosis, she became an advocate for BRCA testing — something she had not had — and wrote about her cancer experience in The New York Times.

A full obituary will appear soon.


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