Elizabeth Wurtzel
1967 - 2020
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Elizabeth Wurtzel was the author of the bestselling 1994 memoir “Prozac Nation,” which detailed her long-running battle with depression, beginning when she was a child.

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Published in The Apalach Times on Jan. 7, 2020.
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May 7, 2020
RIP
Annette
April 6, 2020
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your dearly beloved daughter, friend, fans and all of those whose lives she touched through her bestselling memoir "Prozac Nation" on details of her own battle with depression. May you fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives and in your wealth of fond memories together. May the God of tender mercies, love, peace and comfort be with you all during this most difficult time.
SD
February 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Lizziie. you made me laugh, and thats a lot. ❤
Iris Young
Acquaintance
February 10, 2020
Her very honest assessment of herself is ultimately reflected to a certain extent in the lives of many of us who internalized many of the same dark feelings she had, but her revealing of same was a balm to those she unwittingly helped to "weather the storm." May she rest in peace.
Shirley Naso
Acquaintance
January 31, 2020
I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort. continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
January 21, 2020
It was devastating to hear that Elizabeth Wurtzel died of cancer at the cruelly young age of 52. The reasons why she meant so much to me are both so cliché and so real: how her painfully honest, self-indulgent, funny, insightful accounts of her emotional struggles spoke the truth for me. Me and all the other Gen X women who grew up in relative privilege and inner struggle and middle class dysfunction.
Prozac Nation was the life raft that kept us afloat during the story 20 something years. It reminded us that we were not alone in the overwhelming ocean of emotion, fighting to stay above the surface..
Elizabeth Wurtzel was like the smart, Jewish turmultuous, rock and roll big sister I always wanted and never had. Over the years, I followed her life from the sidelines through her writing. I silently cheered for her on as she overcame addiction and adopted rescue dogs and went to law school and outgrew crazy bad relationships and got married. All this in spite of her depression. This made her my hero.
When she started to chronicle her battle with breast cancer, I placed all bets on her winning, given all she had gone through that had not destroyed her. I had total belief in her when she wrote:
If I ever meet cancer again, I will figure it out. You see, I am very Jewish, which is to say, I am Jewish: I am undefeated by the worst
After finding out about her death, I searched for her final writings, I just had to know what she was going through at the end. Her last essay spilled out the pain she felt at the end of her marriage, an ongoing loss during the last year of her life. I cried with her as I read the sentiments I felt in the same situation a few years back. Once again, she spoke my truth:
I got married because I was done with crazy. But here it is, back again, the revenant I cannot shake. I feel like its 1993, when my heart had a black eye all the time.
I cant believe she is gone now. I cannot believe we will not have her powerful voice chronicling the emotional life of us Gen X women for the next few decades. I know she often wrote about being precocious and ahead of her time, but this final exit happened painfully too soon.
I still cant fathom that cancer really is so random and awful, that it can take away such a force of fierceness as Elizabeth Wurtzel.


Gillian Stauch
January 19, 2020
I love you and I miss you and my heart is so shattered right now.
Kelly Hickey
Friend
January 15, 2020
Thank you Elizabeth Wurtzel for 11 years of friendship; for talking about law, writing, depression, and everything else. Even while you battled breast cancer, you always asked how my wife was doing in her fight against adrenal cortical cancer. I loved your text messages, your emails, the occasional call, and of course your writing. All of us have been dealt a cruel blow by your being taken so soon. Say hello to my parents.
Kenneth Long
Friend
January 14, 2020
I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in remembering the things she did, in life.

January 14, 2020
My condolences to the Wurtzel family. May God and fond memories provide comfort to your family today, tomorrow, and always.
January 13, 2020
I did not know your daughter but only through her books. It's not easy being a woman and it's hard with all the restrictions society ties us too. To just be herself upfront and honest is no east achievement. Brave to the end.
Angela Mcculloch
January 13, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.
January 12, 2020
Condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth, a person who left a big mark on my life.
Lisa Friedman
Student
January 12, 2020
Valenda Newell
January 11, 2020
My condolences are with Elizabeth family and friends. May you find comfort from her fond memories. May God be with you all.
January 10, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family of Elizabeth Wurtzel. May God give you comfort at this difficult time.
Mary Smith
January 10, 2020
My condolences.
January 10, 2020
I offer my sincere condolences to the family and dear friends of Ms. Elizabeth Wurtzel. She courageously shared her story with the world and I am truly sorry to hear that she passed. May the Father of tender mercies be with you all during this extremely difficult time.
Angel
January 9, 2020
Alishia
January 9, 2020
So sorry to hear of the loss of Elizabeth Wurtzel. Prozac Nation was a stabilizing affirmation of the chaos women of our generation have endured. She was so young but wise and made great contributions to uncovering the chaos and disfunction of mental illness and treatment in our society. So sorry to hear her life was cut short. Sincere condolences to her friends and family.
Amy Brown
January 9, 2020
Condolences. Ms. Elizabeth Wurtzel gave back to her community in large ways. May the God of creation comfort you during your time of grief.
January 8, 2020
Peace.
Glen James Hausfeld
January 8, 2020
Truly a loss for everyone, She was very inspiring to us all. Darren Chaker
Darren Chaker
January 8, 2020
Elizabeth was an artist of the written word. She painted the scenes of life with a passion and insight that made her gifts a treasure for all who read her or knew her
William Hartman
January 8, 2020
The most inspiring woman I never knew!
January 8, 2020
While Elizabeth suffered much from depression, she was a brilliant writer. Raw and honest very relatable. My condolences to her family. May your memories and the comfort God can give us help you through this difficult time.
Judy
January 8, 2020
BDE SO SORRY YOUR OLD TEACHER AT MANHATTEN DAY SCHOOL so sad
Shoshana
January 8, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Elisabeth's passing. May Almighty God in the Heavens massage your grieving hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with Elisabeth's passing. She will be missed.
BRY
January 8, 2020
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during this time of sorrow.
January 8, 2020
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your Loved One, comfort you and your family today and always.
January 8, 2020
Sorry to hear of the loss.
Ann Stokman
January 7, 2020
A must read for all therapists from years ago~ Prozac Nation... a gifted and insightful author has passed. Thanks to Elizabeth Wurtzel for her insights~ Sympathy sent to Ms. Wurtzel's family and friends.
MRS. RELLA LEONARD-LEO, MSW, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rella Leo
Acquaintance
January 8, 2020
God bless you Elizabeth and all those who loved you. At Peace now.
Sheila
January 7, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Wendy Putzler
January 7, 2020
Very honest and upfront person extending sincere condolences to the family in this difficult time and may the God of comfort be with you
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