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Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal poses for a photo Aug. 1, 2016, in Chicago. Rosenthal, a popular author, filmmaker and speaker who brightened lives with her wide-eyed spirit and broke hearts when she wrote of being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason, died Monday, March 13, 2017. She was 51. (Kevin Nance/Chicago Tribune via AP)

The author of the heart-wrenching 'You may want to marry my husband' essay died at 51

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He is an easy man to fall in love with. I did it in one day.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose heart-wrenching essay published in The New York Times, "You may want to marry my husband," died Monday after a battle with ovarian cancer.

The essay, effectively a dating profile for Rosenthal's husband Jason in light of her pending death, quickly became one of the Times' most popular columns. 

The essay, written on Valentine's Day and published March 3, even included "intentional empty space" for Jason and his next lover to start "another love story."

Rosenthal, a Chicago resident, had written more than 30 children's books, including "Chopsticks" and "Duck! Rabbit," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.  She met Jason in 1989 on a blind date.

I do not have the same aptitude for the written word, but if I did I can assure you that my tale would be about the most epic love story -- ours.
Jason Rosenthal

Rosenthal's death and her essay have led to a flood of emotional tributes.

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