'Dear Abby' dies at the age of 94 after battle with Alzheimer's disease

By Gina DiFalco,

Pauline Phillips, the woman known as Dear Abby, has passed away at the age of 94.

Phillips, who had been battling Alzheimer's disease, founded the famous ‘Dear Abby’ advice column and her daughter, Jeanne, took it over.

According to TMZ, Jeanne says of her mother’s death "I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend. My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change. I will honor her memory every day by continuing this legacy."

Phillips, who went by the pen name Abigail Van Buren, first started the column in 1956 and it grew so popular that it reached a daily readership of 100 million people.

The AP reports that the column competed with that of her twin sister Esther Friedman Lederer.

In her book The Best of Abby, she revealed her columns “have been fulfilling, exciting and incredibly rewarding. My readers have told me that they've learned from me. But it's the other way around. I've learned from them. Has it been a lot of work? Not really. It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else."

Along with best-selling books, she also had a radio show version of Dear Abby from 1963 to 1975.

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