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‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Partner Dead at 57

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Partner Dead at 57

Rayya Elias died from cancer

Foodie favorite Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s partner Rayya Elias has died after a yearslong battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. The writer and filmmaker was diagnosed in 2016 — which led Gilbert to split from her husband, José Nunes (portrayed by Javier Bardem in the 2010 on-screen adaptation of the memoir) to be with Elias.

"Death — or the prospect of death — has a way of clearing away everything that is not real, and in that space of stark and utter realness," Gilbert wrote in a 2016 Facebook post. "I was faced with this truth: I do not merely love Rayya; I am in love with Rayya. And I have no more time for denying that truth."

On January 4, alongside an Instagram photo of Elias, Gilbert wrote: “I loved you so much, Rayya. Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river. It has been the greatest honor of my life. I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

Four days prior, Gilbert had shared a photo of her nuzzled up to Elias captioned: “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be.”

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‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


‘Eat Pray Love’ Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns the Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is in mourning. On Thursday, January 4, the Eat, Pray, Love author shared the heartbreaking news that her longtime best friend and partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 this week.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” Gilbert wrote affectionately. “I loved you so much, Rayya.”

Gilbert called the couple’s last days together the “honor of [her] life,” and thanked Elias for the time they had. “I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” she wrote. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

A post shared by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on Jan 4, 2018 at 6:57pm PST

Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016. At the time, Gilbert penned a personal Facebook post saying that the news had made her realize she loved her best friend as more than a friend.

“So. Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together,” she wrote. “I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.”

Months prior, Gilbert had split from her husband Jose Nunes. She later confirmed that her new relationship with Elias was the reason for the split. In June, Gilbert and Elias informally wed in what they described as not a legally binding ceremony, but simply a celebration of their love.

Earlier this week, the couple rang in 2018 together after a difficult year, a milestone Gilbert marked with a sweet photo. “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she captioned the pic.


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