Screenwriter Audrey Wells, who worked on the critically acclaimed new film The Hate U Give, has died.
Her family and representative announced the heartbreaking news on Friday, the same day the movie was released in theaters.
Wells’ husband, Brian, said in a statement that she died after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 58.
‘Over the last five and half years, Audrey fought valiantly against her illness and she died surrounded by love. Even during her fight, she never stopped living, working or traveling, and she never lost her joy, wonder and optimism,’ he said.
The Hate U Give screenwriter Audrey Wells died on Thursday at the age of 58 from cancer
The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas tweeted her condolences on Friday night
The Writers Guild Foundation thanked Wells for sharing her ‘writing with the world’
Actress Elizabeth Perkins posted Friday night that he would be donating to Well’s favorite nonprofits
Wells is best known for writing and directing the 2003 romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun, as well as penning favorites like The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Kid, and Shall We Dance.
‘Terribly sad news about the death of the brilliant Audrey Wells, an incredibly talented and giving human being,’ Perkins tweeted.