True crime author Ann Rule has died following a heart attack. She was 84 years old.
She visited the emergency room in mid-July and suffered a heart attack while there. Her daughter confirms to Seattle NBC affiliate King5 that Rule died a few days later, allowing their family time to come and say goodbye.
She was moved to hospice one day before passing away. Rule died just outside of her hometown of Seattle.
Rule made a living as a full-time true crime author for over 45 years. In that time she published over 30 books and 1,400 articles on the criminal justice system.
Her most famous work, “The Stranger Beside Me,” chronicles her time working on a crisis hotline next to serial killer Ted Bundy. Eight of Rule’s books have been turned into TV movies.