Mary Kay Letourneau dead at 58 after battling cancer
The infamous public figure and former teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old student whom she later married has reportedly died of stage 4 cancer. Her attorney confirmed the news of her passing to NBC.
Letourneau was reported to have started a sexual relationship years ago when she was 34 with a sixth-grader Vili Fualaau. While awaiting sentencing on second-degree rape charges in 1997, she gave birth to her first daughter, Audrey.
Letourneau at that time was sentenced to six months imprisonment in jail and was also ordered to stay away from Fualau.
However, upon her release in 1998, authorities found out the duo had resumed their relationship. This caused Letourneau's plea agreement to be revoked, and she was served seven-and-a-half year imprisonment.
She gave birth to their second daughter, Georgia, in 1998, while she was behind bars. Again upon her release in 2004, Letourneau and Fualaau who was then 21 got married.
Mary Kay Letourneau with her husband, Vili Fualaau and two daughters
They, however, filed for legal separation in 2017. Letourneau's first marriage ended at the time of her first trial, and she had four children from that first marriage.
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Her son from her first marriage, Steven Letourneau Jr., released a statement to NBC News on behalf of the Letourneau and Fualaau families.
"We are deeply saddened to share the very difficult news that our beloved Mary passed away peacefully on July 6th 2020, after a six month battle since being diagnosed with stage IV or metastatic cancer. Mary fought tirelessly against this terrible disease", the statement read in part.
In conclusion, the statement read, "It is in that spirit that we ask for privacy and respect for our desire to focus on the road ahead for all of us who make up Mary's collective family.
"We ask that our boundaries and need for privacy be honoured with continued kindness and understanding".
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