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Martha Stewart's Sister Dead at 59

Laura Plimpton died of brain aneurysm
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Martha Stewart's younger sister, Laura Plimpton, died suddenly yesterday at age 59. "She woke up Monday morning at 5:30am, did her one hour of elliptical and treadmill, then showered and felt ill enough to call her husband, Randy, for help," Stewart, 73, says in a statement on her website. "She was rushed to the hospital where they said she had suffered a massive brain aneurysm." She was kept on life support until her children could say goodbye and organ donation could be prepped.

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Plimpton had worked for Stewart for more than 25 years, and the conclusion of Stewart's statement offers a bit of a strange order: "Laura deserves the very best; she was an extraordinary employee, mother, wife, and sister." (Read more Martha Stewart stories.)

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