Tributes are pouring in for journalist and author Dawn Foster, who died suddenly at the age of 34.
Foster, a regular television commentator and fierce critic of inequalities, has died of causes related to her long-lasting illness, friends say.
James Butler, co-editor of left-wing media organization Novara, and a number of other close friends of the writer posted about her death on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
“We are extremely saddened to announce that our dear friend @AubeHFoster passed away suddenly at home this week, linked to her long-term illness, ”Butler wrote.
“Dawn never wavered in her belief in a better world and never hesitated to fight for it. She has not modulated her beliefs in the pursuit of professional advancement. The world didn’t always treat her kindly, but I never saw in her a trace of self-pity. I admired it a lot.
Foster, who suffered from epilepsy and a number of other health complications, tweeted on Friday that she was discharged from the hospital and was trying to get to the pharmacy in time to get her medication.
Her friends said it was typical of her sense of fairness that in her last public post she urged others to use community pharmacies “not big bodies”, writing: urgent, real heroes .
It is understood that she was found at the house, after being reported missing by friends when she did not respond to messages over the weekend.
Foster was an editor for Jacobin magazine and contributor to the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. She wrote for the Guardian’s commentary pages on housing and social justice issues.
In 2015, she wrote about her chronic health issues for The Guardian with typical honesty: “It is never socially acceptable to answer the question ‘How are you? With ‘Shit, actually’, although most of the time that’s true.
Foster, who grew up in South Wales, has published two books: Lean Out, a critique of the rise of “1% corporate feminism” and Where Will We Live ?, a controversy over the housing crisis. UK. She was working on a book on unemployment.
Podcaster Helen Zaltzman wrote, “No posthumous euphemisms for @AubeHFoster: she was, in truth, my most terrifying friend. And one of the funniest and smartest. The most bellicose, elegant, ruthless, intrepid. His work on inequalities was so important. I have learned so much from her.
Writer Sarah Woolley said she was “deeply grateful for the time we spent with her,” adding, “She has brightened our lives.”
Friends of Foster requested that tributes be sent to [email protected], adding that contributions could be made to causes she championed, such as the Dogs Trust Freedom Project.