Amy Krouse Rosenthal has passed away at age 51

By Stephanie Nuzzo March 14, 2017

The author who penned the New York Times column, 'You May Want to Marry My Husband' died on Monday

In September 2015, American author Amy Krouse Rosenthal was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. On March 3rd, 2017 the 51-year-old had a column published in the New York Times named 'You May Want to Marry My Husband', which was read by close to four and a half million people (as reported by the New York Times). And on March 13th, 2017, Mrs Rosenthal passed away at her home in Chicago. 

The piece that brought Rosenthal’s romance with her husband to the attention of the public was shared both on The Times’ website as well as in the Sunday paper in early March and it very quickly went viral due to its bittersweet, touching subject. 

The column is an ode to her husband, their love and their family, as well as a blessing on the “fresh start” Rosenthal hoped her husband would find after her passing. 

“I have been married to the most extraordinary man for 26 years. I was planning on at least another 26 together,” she wrote. 

“…I want more time with Jason,” she continued. 

“I want more time with my children. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights. But that is not going to happen. I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet. So why I am doing this?

“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins.”

Her words touched the hearts of millions around the world, most notably, of course, her husband’s. 

On the piece, Rosenthal’s husband Jason said:

“When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart.”

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time. 

You can read the moving column here

Head image: New York Times / Associated Press