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Man Tweets His Mother’s Amazing Life on the Day of Her Death

•, By Ryan Tate
In July, NPR host Scott Simon made headlines after tweeting his mother’s final weeks, medical struggle, and death. Then last Thursday, journalist Spencer Ackerman posted a remarkable series of heartfelt and revealing tweets commemorating his mother Bette Lynne Cohen, who passed away the same day after a seven-year struggle with cancer. She was 62.

Ackerman, a former WIRED staffer who now covers national security for The Guardian, spent 14 tweets memorializing not only his mother’s loves — the Yankees, “Little” Steven Van Zandt — but also her rebellions. She lied to the Army to get her brother home from Vietnam, Ackerman wrote, and smuggled Native American activist Leonard Peltier into Canada in a boat.

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