01/03/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Author Octavia Butler, one of the first significant US African-American female science fiction authors, dies in a tragic accident aged 58.
Friend, neighbour and fellow SFF author Steven Barnes was the first to report this on his blog over at http://darkush.blogspot.com/2006/02/octavia-butler-died-saturday.html - getting this note: 'Yesterday Octavia Butler fell outside her house during what neighbors thought was a stroke. A neighbor kid found her outside her house. They rushed her to the hospital, and found blood had pooled in her brain, they operated but she passed away today.'
See Steven's blog for the full story. Sad, very sad.
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