(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker, died Saturday morning (May 4) at age 37 after a brief illness.
Evans had been in a medically induced coma for several weeks and never returned to an alert state.
Writer and collaborator Sarah Bessey tweeted Evans was surrounded by close friends and family, and the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber shared they were at her bedside Friday night, offering “our touch and tears and song. I anointed her with oil.”