This is such sad news!
A Hearst memo was sent out to inform employees, stating:
"It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her. Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism—and beyond."
Brown helped revive Cosmo and make it the mag it is today, when she was brought on as editor after the success of her book, Sex and the Single Girl, a position she held for 32 years!
A memorial for Helen will be held sometime in the fall, though no official date has been set yet.
We are SO sad to hear this news and are sending our thoughts to her family during this difficult time.
[Image via PNP/WENN.]