Best-selling author and journalist Bebe Moore Campbell, who tackled social issues from an African-American perspective in books like Brothers and Sisters, has died of complications from brain cancer.
Campbell, 56, died at her home in Los Angeles yesterday, her family said. She had been diagnosed with cancer in February.
"She loved her family and her career as a writer," her husband, Ellis Gordon Jr, said in a statement. "We enjoyed life together as a team and we will miss her immensely and will love her forever."
Along with 1994's Brothers and Sisters, which explored race relations in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Campbell's other best-selling books included Singing in the Comeback Choir, What You Owe Me and 72-Hour Hold.
She also was the author of such children's books as Stompin' at the Savoy, which came out in September, and the upcoming title I'm So Hungry, which is set to be published early next year.
Her book Your Blues Ain't Like Mine earned an NAACP Image Award for literature, and her 2001 work What You Owe Me was named that year's best book by the Los Angeles Times.
Campbell also wrote plays and works of journalism for publications ranging from The New York Times Magazine to Essence and Ebony magazines, and she was a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program.
Campbell is survived by her husband, two children, grandchildren and her mother.