Best-Selling Author Shanna Hogan Dies Aged 38 in Front of Toddler Son

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Best-selling author, Shanna Hogan, has sadly died at the age of thirty-eight… and her baby son was there to witness the whole thing.

This is utterly heartbreaking…

She was just thirty-eight-years-old.

Utterly devastating.

And in 2005, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University.

In 2008, she went to work for the Times Media Group as a features editor, where in 2012 she was promoted to executive editor.

She has written 4 true-crime books, the first being Dancing with Death, which is about Phoenix housewife Marjorie Orbin and the death of her husband Jay, an art dealer in 2011.

It was followed by Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story, released in September 2013.

The third, The Stranger She Loved, came in 2015 and her final book, Secrets Of A Marine’s Wife, came in 2019.

She has appeared on Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, “Inside Edition,” and Oxygen’s “Snapped” to discuss high-profile crime cases…

And in 2017, Hogan co-authored The Crime Book volume with American crime writers Lee Mellor, Rebecca Morris, Cathy Scott, and British author Michael Kerrigan.

Shanna was a New York Times bestselling author.

And just over a year ago, their family of 2 became a family of 3.

And there’s no denying that they made for the cutest little family.

On September 1st, Shanna tragically passed away at the mere age of thirty-eight.

And it’s clear how much she is already being missed.










On August 27th, Shanna was playing in the pool with Zander when she slipped and hit her head, which caused her to submerge under the water. Shortly after her fall, husband Matt returned home to find their little boy safely sat outside the pool with his life vest on – but his wife was laid unconscious on the pool floor.

She was then rushed to a local hospital, where she remained in the ICU in critical condition for several days, according to her friend and former colleague Kathleen “Katie” Mayer.  

Her family decided to donate her organs, which Mayer says have already gone to save the lives of four people with possibly more in the future.

“At a time where human kindness is so desperately needed, we’ve lost one of the people who gave that to our world, but Shanna’s writing will live on, the lives she saved will live on and her greatest creation — her little boy — will live on to inspire all of us,” Mayer said in an emotional statement.

And to “to support Zander as he grows up without a mother,” according to the page.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to her family.