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It’s such a bittersweet time for the cast and crew of The Hate U Give.

A day before the film was released in select theaters, Audrey Wells, the incredible screenwriter of the film, passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.

Audrey was 58.

The official Instagram account for The Hate U Give released the following statement:

We are simply heartbroken. Audrey’s was a voice of empowerment and courage, and her words will live on through the strong, determined female characters she brought to life.

Our thoughts are with all of Audrey’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Please join me in sending condolences and prayers to Audrey’s family during this difficult time.

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