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    Mary Kay Letourneau (58) died of stage 4 colon cancer

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/us/ma...ath/index.html

    Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle teacher who was convicted in 1997 of raping a 13-year-old student she later married, has died of cancer, her former attorney says. She was 58.

    Letourneau died fairly suddenly in her home late Monday, her former attorney David Gehrke told CNN. Most of her family was with her, including Vili Fualaau, her former student and ex-husband who was giving her 24-hour care the last month of her life.

    Letourneau pleaded guilty to raping 13-year-old Fualaau when she was 34. She gave birth to Fualaau's child before she served seven years in prison on charges related to the rape. The couple later had a second child.

    Letourneau and Fualaau got married in 2005 soon after she was released from prison, but Fualaau filed for legal separation in 2017 just before their 12- year anniversary.

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    I feel badly for her children.

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    https://www.tmz.com/2020/07/07/mary-...-vili-fualaau/


    Mary Kay Letourneau -- the former teacher imprisoned after pleading guilty to raping her student, whom she later married -- is dead after battling stage 4 colon cancer ... TMZ has learned.

    Mary's now-estranged husband, Vili Fualaau, previously shared her stage 4 cancer diagnosis on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself wearing a medical mask with the caption, "Praying for a miracle."

    Her attorney, David H. Gehrke, tells us Mary Kay had been in hospice care for the past month, and Vili had been by her side ... helping take care of her.

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    https://www.today.com/news/vili-fual...last-2-t186144

    Mary Kay Letourneau's ex-husband, whom she married after being convicted of raping him when he was in sixth grade, was by her side for the final two months of her life before she died of cancer on Monday, her lawyer said.

    Vili Fualaau, 37, who divorced Letourneau last year, uprooted his life to be with her until her death at 58, attorney David Gehrke told TODAY.

    "Vili moved back from California, gave up his life there, and for the last two months of Mary’s life he stood by her 24/7 taking care of her," Gehrke said. "So yes, they were divorced and they had their spats, but they were always in love with each other."

    Letourneau was diagnosed with cancer about six or seven months ago, according to Gehrke.

    "(Fualaau) knew that this was Mary's end coming, fast moving, and for her sake and the family's sake, and for his sake, he came back up and was with her, and it meant the world to her," Gehrke said. "And I know it meant the world to Vili, as painful as it was."

    Letourneau made worldwide headlines in 1997 when the Seattle-area teacher was convicted of second-degree child rape of Fualaau, who had been her student. At the time, he was 12 and she was 34 and a mother of four. After her conviction, she gave birth to the first of their two children.

    She was paroled in 1998 but then returned to prison after she was found breaking her parole for having contact with Fualaau. She gave birth to the second child while in prison.

    The couple's adult daughters, Audrey, 23, and Georgia, 21, spoke about their childhood in the wake of the scandal in a 2018 interview with an Australian television show.

    "I think I understand about it, just like how it was surprising to people,'' Audrey said. "It's been feeling different because it's not really been brought to our attention, just because we grew up with it, so we're adapted to it."

    The couple eventually married in 2005 and were together until Fualaau filed a petition for legal separation in 2017. Their divorce was finalized last year.

    "Their marriage lasted longer than most,'' Gehrke said. "But they always, always deeply cared for each other."

    Letourneau and Fualaau and their two daughters were friendly with Gehrke and his wife, who lived near them in the Seattle area.

    Gehrke recalled a happy time in 2009 in which Letourneau and her two daughters gathered at Gehrke's house around the Christmas holidays along with three of Letourneau's children from her first marriage, who traveled to Seattle from Alaska.

    "My wife was talking with the little girls, they were 10 or so, and the kids from Alaska were helping out, and it was one big happy family,'' he said.

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    Wow, the kids are 21 and 23 now. Time flies. I think it was sweet he stayed with her to the end even though they divorced years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    Wow, the kids are 21 and 23 now. Time flies. I think it was sweet he stayed with her to the end even though they divorced years ago.
    Yep, makes me wonder why they actually divorced because there was obvious love there.

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    Am I the only one who thinks she stole this kid's childhood??


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks she stole this kid's childhood??


    "After the split, he started really going over things in his mind," the insider tells PEOPLE. "Just thinking about how they met, and how that affected how they interacted as adults. He was never really a full-fledged partner; he was always secondary. He sees that now."

    "It shouldn't surprise anyone," the insider continues, "but he's feeling that for the first time, he's being like a real grown adult. That feels good for him."

    "Vili Fualaau Saw 'Things Clearly' After Split from Mary Kay Letourneau: Source". People. May 8, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.



    ?She?s pushing 60, and he?s in his mid-30s,? says the Letourneau source. ?He?s never had another girlfriend. He?s never really dated. And I think he?s just decided that he needs to see if there?s more out there for him.?

    Fualaau filed for legal separation. Despite their reconciliation attempts, PEOPLE confirms a legal filing with the King County Superior Court stating the couple is moving forward with private arbitration to finalize their split.
    https://people.com/crime/inside-mary...ualaaus-split/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks she stole this kid's childhood??
    No, you're not. I'm really torn about this and my feelings are a bit hypocritical actually. If it were my 13yo son I'd be furious, and when it happened I was furious with her. But five years later, he was an adult and married her and they stayed together for a while, raised two relatively well-adjusted daughters, and he was there for her at the end. So I have to think there was true love there.

    She may have stolen his childhood, but I don't know if it's up to us to make that determination. I don't think he feels like his childhood was taken from him. He'd probably say she didn't take anything but rather she gave him the love he was seeking. I don't know, it's a messed up case, but the past is the past and I don't think he (or she) regrets any of it. As of her death, they were both adults and still caring for one another.... and we could use a whole lot more of that in the world today.
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