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Dorothea Benton Frank, famed Lowcountry novelist, dies after brief illness

Dorothea Benton Frank, May 2018. (WCIV).JPG
Dorothea Benton Frank, shown here in May 2018, died on Monday, Sept. 2, after a battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer similar to leukemia. (WCIV)

Dorothea Benton Frank, acclaimed author of fiction novels set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, has died after a brief illness. She was 67.

Frank passed away Monday, Sept. 2, after a battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer similar to leukemia, according to a publicist for HarperCollins publishers.

Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina.

She was a multi-time New York Times best-selling author, whose stories were heavily influenced by her life growing up in the Lowcountry.

Dorothea and her husband, Frank, spent time between Sullivan's Island and their second home in New Jersey.

Dorothea is survived by her husband and two children.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon, a spokesperson for the family says.