Erica Kennedy, an author, journalist, and blogger best known for popular novels Feminista and Bling, was found dead in her Miami Beach home. She was 42. Additional details on the circumstances surrounding her death are not available yet.

A former fashion publicist, Kennedy started her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. She went on to write about fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, Paper, and Elle UK, according to her website.

In 2004 she published a satire on the high stakes world of hip-hop with her debut novel Bling, which went on to become a New York Times best-seller. Five years later she released her second novel, Feminista, a story about smart, modern women. 

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