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Mary Kay Letourneau Dies Of Cancer At Age 58

Written by Emily Rokke

If her name doesn’t ring a bell, the story probably will. Mary Kay Letourneau was the teacher from the mid 90s who had the affair, aka raped ,the 12-year-old middle schooler, Vill Faulaau. The case received national attention. 

When the two met, he was in sixth grade and she was his teacher. In 1997, she pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child.

While awaiting sentencing, Letourneau gives birth to Faulaau’s child. She took a plea deal for six months in jail, three months suspended, and no contact with Fualaau for life. 

She and Fualaau were found together in a car at one point (which landed her back in prison,) she gave birth two their second child together, and they were eventually married in May 2005. 

Fast forward to 2019, when her and Fualaau divorced. Since then, Letourneau found out she had cancer, and has now died from it, at age 58.

“Mary fought tirelessly against this terrible disease,” said the family of her cancer diagnosis. “Mary, and all of us, found great strength in having our immediate and extended family members together to join her in this arduous struggle. We did our very best to care for Mary and one another as we kept her close and stayed close together.”

“We are endlessly grateful for the care and kindness received from the amazing professionals involved in Mary’s care,” read a statement from the family. “Likewise, the kindness and compassion of friends and others who learned of her condition along the way proved an uplifting gift to us all.”

“It is in that spirit that we ask for privacy and respect for our desire to focus on the road ahead for all of us who make up Mary’s collective family,” they continued. “We ask that our boundaries and need for privacy be honored with continued kindness and understanding.”

The family plans to  “celebrate and honor the wishes of our wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, beloved family member and loyal friend and concentrate on caring for one another.”

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Emily Rokke