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Romance writer appears to announce she's alive 2 years after allegedly dying by suicide

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Novelist claims his death by suicide 2 years ago was fake

Novelist claims his death by suicide 2 years ago was fake

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More than two years after romance writer Susan Meachen’s death was announced on her Facebook page, she has apparently returned to the platform to reveal that she is alive.

Online friends and followers of Meachen believed she was dead as of late 2020 after someone claiming to be her daughter posted the news via her Facebook account, according to Insider and Rolling Stone. The post has already been deleted.

The person claimed that Meachen’s death was a result of bullying and harassment from other members of his literary community. Just a few weeks earlier, Meachen had posted a lengthy message about a suicide attempt amid struggles with his career.

Since then, Meachen’s Facebook page has been used to promote her work and share posts about suicide prevention. All the while, fans of the page were led to believe that the posts were written by her daughter.

“I missed it, but happy heavenly birthday,” friend Kristen Collins wrote on Meachen’s page in February 2021. “I know you’re dancing in the sky with nothing but peace in your heart at last.”

Your last book, love for lifewas published in October 2020.

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But this week, a person claiming to be the author using Meachen’s account posted to The Ward, a private Facebook group for writers, announcing that she was alive.

“I’ve debated how to do this a million times and I’m still not sure if it’s right or not,” a screenshot of the post, shared by the Twitter user @Draggerofliars, showed. “There will be tons of questions and a lot of people leaving the group I think.”

“But my family did what they thought was best for me and I can’t blame them for that,” the message continued. “I almost died again by my own hand, and they had to go through all that hell again. Going back to The Ward doesn’t mean much, but I’m in a good place now and I look forward to writing again. Let the fun begin.”

PEOPLE reached out to the page for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

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The post was immediately met with backlash from group members.

“I can forgive a lot of things, but I don’t think I could ever forgive him for faking his death,” author Karen Hall wrote in response to the Facebook post, via Rolling Stone.

Author Samantha A. Cole, who said she knew Meachen before the events of 2020, shared a video response on her Facebook page.

“I was friends with this author, I wasn’t close friends with him, but we talked once or twice a month for quite a while,” Cole said. “I was devastated when I learned that she allegedly committed suicide. There were many posts on her wall, allegedly from her family, blaming the book world for bullying her mother to the point where she took her own life. These posts are now lost.”

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“There was an outpouring of outrage, support for those who were suffering, support for her family, people made free edits to her latest book, so her family could release it for her, in her memory,” she continued. “Some people were devastated because they started pointing fingers at everyone, blaming people, and I was one of the people blamed for supposedly bullying her when I didn’t do any of that.”

“I need to disconnect for the next few days, figure this all out and get back to work,” she later said.

Cole added that she will now be more careful who she befriends online.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or visit 988lifeline.org.

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