Elizabeth Wurtzel, the author of Prozac Nation, has died at the age of 52.
Wurtzel found fame with her best-selling memoir in 1994, which recounted her struggle with addiction and depression.
Her husband Jim Freed today announced that Wurtzel died at a New York hospital following a battle with cancer.
Wurtzel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and said at the time it was ‘nothing’ compared to her former drug abuse or dealing with the death of her beloved rescue dog Augusta.
She underwent a double mastectomy, but the cancer recently spread to her brain, said her husband Jim.
Wurtzel will be remembered for becoming a voice of Generation X thanks to her divisive memoir Prozac Nation, that was published when she was 27.
The book details her battle with depression as a college student and her eventual treatment with Prozac. Wurtzel also documented her sex life, drug use and self harm in the candid memoir.
While some readers praised it’s honesty, other critics slammed the memoir as ‘self indulgent’.
Speaking in 2012, Wurtzel said she viewed the book as a tale of ‘growing up.’
Wurtzel followed u with Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women and More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction and several essays published in the The New York Times.
Tributes have been paid to Wurtzel after news of her death was confirmed.
“Actress Mia Farrow described her as “brilliant, complex, fascinating, fun and kind”.
While journalist Erin Blakemore wrote: “It’s impossible to convey the impact Elizabeth Wurtzel had in the ’90s. She was unapologetic, raw, honest. She stood for a very specific form of GenX femininity, confession, rage,