Patti Webster, founder and CEO of the public relations agency W&W Public Relations, Inc., died Friday (Sept. 13) after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. She was 49.
In 1991, she launched the Middlesex, New Jersey-based company as a powerhouse agency that spanned the areas of entertainment, sports, corporate relations and more. Over 22 years, Webster brought in top-name clients such as Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Steve Harvey, Kelly Rowland, Usher, Patti LaBelle, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and many others.
Webster, a woman of many talents, penned the book It Happened in Church: Stories of Humor from the Pulpit to the Pews in 2008 and became an ordained minister in November 2011.
As word spread of her death, individuals across the entertainment world expressed their grief:
Debra Lee: "RIP Patti Webster!!! A wonderful spirit!! You will be missed!"
Earvin "Magic" Johnson: "Patti Webster was a sensational publicist who I have much respect for."
Holly Robinson Peete: "Completely devastated at the loss of Patti Webster She was my publicist, mentor, trusted confidante I LOVE YOU."
Ava DuVernay: "A master strategist + protector of artists has gone home. Patti Webster was passionate, savvy, kind. A life well-lived. Onward, dear sister."
Ciara: "R I P. Patti Webster. Love You, and Will Truly Miss You. Your laugh, Your Jokes, Your Check Ins, Your Spirit. You Were Truly One Of a Kind."
Webster is survived by her father, two sisters, two brothers and a host of relatives.
Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
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