Dooce mommy blogger Heather Armstrong dies cause of death
'Dooce' mommy blogger Heather Armstrong (Image courtesy of Vox)

In a shocking turn of events, influential mommy blogger Heather Armstrong AKA Dooce has died at the age of 47. The digital personality was found dead in her Salt Lake City home. Heather Armstrong’s boyfriend Pete Ashdown revealed the news and the cause of her death. Police have started investigating the case, as it was not under natural circumstances.

Dooce mommy blogger Heather Armstrong was a household name in the world of blogging. Her unfiltered experiences of parenting struggles, battles with depression and alcoholism resonated with many. But behind the virtual fame and fortune, the blogger faced a lot of personal problems. Heather Armstrong’s untimely death has shocked her fans and the online community of Dooce.

What was Heather Armstrong’s cause of death?

Heather Armstrong’s boyfriend Pete Ashdown revealed that the blogger died by suicide. According to his statement, Heather had been sober for over 18 months. However, recently she experienced a relapse. This pushed her into a situation of despair. Ashdown has not revealed any other specifics about Heather Armstrong’s cause of death.

Heather Armstrong’s fans would be aware of her struggle with chronic depression which she wrote about  in her book. She explained that it began when she was in college but was not diagnosed until later. 

As a result, she participated in a research study at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Here, she experienced a series of induced comas using chemicals. On a personal level, Heather Armstrong faced a lot of challenges. In 2012, her divorce from longtime husband and Dooce co-founder Jon Armstrong did not end amicably. 

During this tumultuous time, she struck up a relationship with her current boyfriend Pete Ashdown, a former U.S. senate candidate. Heather and Pete’s love story blossomed, and they built a life together with their children from their previous marriages. 

Heather Armstrong’s rise to fame with Dooce

The late Heather Armstrong started in 2001 with her former husband and business partner, Jon Armstrong. She quickly became a trailblazer in the world of mommy blogging.

Mommy blogger Dooce Heather armstrong
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During this time, personal blogs were on the rise and Heather made great use of this. She dealt with topics like motherhood, relationships, and their challenges. She even made it as far as The Oprah Winfrey Show and earned a spot on Forbes’ list of influential women in media.

Thanks to her wit and honest approach, Heather Armstrong’s blog skyrocketed in popularity. The New York Times called her ‘the queen of mommy bloggers’. Her 2009 memoir titled It Sucked and then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown and a Much Needed Margarita became a huge hit. 

Social media tributes for Heather Armstrong’s death

The news of Heather Armstrong’s tragic death has sent shockwaves through the blogging community and beyond. Tributes have flooded in from her loyal readers and fellow influencers. They mourn the loss of their favorite blogger who was vocal about her life’s ups and downs. 

Heather Armstrong’s mommy blog Dooce had over 8 million monthly readers in its heyday. She transformed her online presence into a thriving business. Despite this, her critics called out her parenting skills and transphobic views at times.

Beyond the blogging era, Heather Armstrong went on to Instagram and continued sharing her personal experiences. She became a voice for countless others grappling with similar struggles in subjects like pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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