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Shanna Hogan (Best Selling Author Dies) Bio, Wiki, Age, Son, Husband

Shanna Hogan Bio, Wiki, Age, Career, early life, Death

Best-selling true crime author Shanna Hogan has died as the result of a brain injury following an Aug. 27 pool accident at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born on October 21, 1982 and died on September 1, 2020 was a New York Times bestselling American non-fiction author and journalist who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She was best known for writing the book Picture Perfect about convicted killer Jodi Aria.

“Wife, mother, friend and talented author Shanna Hogan lost her life tragically in August after a fall and accidental drowning at her Phoenix home. She received extensive medical treatments in ICU to attempt to save her life, but her brain suffered too much damage and we lost this wonderful woman,”

She leaves behind her husband of nearly 20 years, Matthew LaRussa, and a 15-month-old son, who was described as “the light of her life.”


she died at the age of 38 years old’

Early life

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Hogan grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University.


She was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune from 2004 to 2007. In 2008, she went to work for the Times Media Group as a features editor, where in 2012 she was promoted to executive editor.

Hogan wrote four true crime books, with her first, Dancing with Death, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2011. It was followed by Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story, released in September 2013 by St. Martin’s True Crime Library.A third book, The Stranger She Loved, was released by St. Martin’s in March 2015, Her fourth book, Secrets of a Marine’s Wife, released by St. Martin’s in February 2019.


Hogan was swimming with her 15-month-old son Zander when she lost her footing and hit her head, according to her obituary.

Hogan’s husband of nearly 20 years, Matt LaRussa, arrived shortly after her fall to find his son safely outside the pool in his life vest, but his wife unconscious and submerged in the pool, their friend Kathleen “Katie” Mayer told People magazine. LaRussa performed CPR until paramedics arrived and rushed her to an area hospital, where she remained in the ICU in critical condition for several days.

“Her brain suffered too much damage and we lost this wonderful woman,” Mayer wrote on the GoFundMe page she launched in support of the Hogan family. “This fund raiser will raise money to pay for the family’s extensive medical bills, memorial costs and to support Zander as he grows up without a mother.”

Hogan’s friend and former colleague Kathleen “Katie” Mayer told People that the New York Times bestselling author was swimming with her son when she slipped and hit her head. Her husband found Hogan unconscious and performed CPR on her until medics arrived.

Hogan was also a “beloved” adjunct professor at her alma mater, Arizona State University, in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, the Arizona Republic reported.

“We will never forget the mark Shanna left on our lives and on this world,” Mayer said.

She was also an award-winning journalist, having been named Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club in 2010 and in 2011 by the Arizona Newspaper Association.

Matt LaRussa post

last Friday

‘Hello friends and family. Tonight at 5 pm, I hugged, spoke, and kissed my beautiful wife Shanna Hogan for the last time by myself. I will tell you it was the hardest thing I have or will ever go through. I am thankful for my amazing twin brother Luke LaRussa he was with me when she was moved from ICU to the operating room. I could barely hold myself up, and he was there to protect his brother. The Donor network of Arizona and the hospital staff, all lined up down the halls ho…’



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