Dear friends, I am heartbroken to tell you that my friend and client, author Rachel Held Evans, died early this morning. She was surrounded by friends and family, and we held her and sang to her as she took her last breaths.
Please see my previous post for ways you can help the family right now, including the GoFundMe page.
Here is the post from Rachel’s husband Dan this morning:
May 4th, 2019 Update
Rachel was slowly weaned from the coma medication. Her seizures returned but at a reduced rate. There were periods of time where she didn’t have seizures at all. Rachel did not return to an alert state during this process. The hospital team worked to diagnose the primary cause of her seizures and proactively treated for some known possible causes for which diagnostics were not immediately available due to physical limitations.
Early Thursday morning, May 2, Rachel experienced sudden and extreme changes in her vitals. The team at the hospital discovered extensive swelling of her brain and took emergency action to stabilize her. The team worked until Friday afternoon to the best of their ability to save her. This swelling event caused severe damage and ultimately was not survivable.
Rachel died early Saturday morning, May 4, 2019.
This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping it’s a nightmare from which I’ll awake. I feel like I’m telling someone else’s story. I cannot express how much the support means to me and our kids. To everyone who has prayed, called, texted, driven, flown, given of themselves physically and financially to help ease this burden: Thank you. We are privileged. Rachel’s presence in this world was a gift to us all and her work will long survive her.
Rachel, I am so sorry.
Rachelle: I continue to return to the word “grieving.” Grieving … and grieving for those, like you, whose hearts have been broken by this loss of such a beautiful heart and soul.
Tragic news, indeed. She was so young. Praying for you during this difficult time. And praying for the family.
Praying. This is such sad news.
I’m so sorry for your loss. 💔🙏
Rachelle, I’m heartbroken for her family, for you, and for everyone who knew her. Such a devastating loss. Sending my love and prayers to all.
I am praying for her family and friends and all she’s impacted. I’m sorry to hear this.