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bell hookspoet, author, feminist, and professor—has passed at the age of 69.

The death of the writer, née Gloria Jean Watkins, was announced by her niece Ebony Motley on Twitter:

“The family of @bellhooks is sad to announce the passing of our sister, aunt, great aunt and great great aunt.”

Her attached statement read: “The family of Gloria Jean Watkins is deeply saddened at the passing of our beloved sister on December 15, 2021. The family honored her request to transition at home with family and friends by her side.”

Motley also noted the story behind bell hooks’ lower-case pen name, saying it was in honor of their great-grandmother.

hooks had previously said that it signifies that what is most important to focus upon is her works, not her personal qualities.

hooks passed away in her home after an "extended illness," according to Berea College, the university at which she taught.

One of bell hooks’ first major works Ain’t I a Woman? was published back in 1981, and since then many have held her work closely and attributed her advocacy on themes such as love, race, feminism, and gender as life-changing.

As the world mourns her loss, we’re reminded of one of bell hooks’ many moving quotes: “to be loving is to be open to grief. to be touched by sorrow, even sorrow that is unending. we need not contain grief when we use it as a means to intensify our love for the dead and dying, for those who remain alive.”

bell hooks’ impact on the world is undeniable and her legacy will live on in her passing.

Online, many grieved the world’s tragic loss by sharing how and what the author’s advocacy and work taught them.

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