Five weeks ago, the Laurel (Miss.) Leader-Call received hate letters and subscription cancellations over a front page story about two women getting married. One of the newlyweds, Crystal Craven, had been diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2011 and underwent her third surgery just before the wedding. (She wore a cowboy hat during the ceremony to hide her scars.)
The woman told the Leader-Call in early February: “If chemo doesn’t work, we don’t know what happens after that.”
A week after her controversial wedding, Craven learned of new tumors and decided against chemo. “She was tired of hurting, tired of being sick and tired of fighting,” says her “special friend,” as the obit calls Jessica Powell.
Craven died on Monday. She was 34.
* Crystal Craven has died, her family needs your help (deepsouthprogressive.com)
* March 2: Newlyweds deal with somber news while messages from around the world pour in (leader-call.net)
* Earlier: Paper gets support after being criticized for gay marriage story (jimromenesko.com