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Mary Herczog, author of 'Merry Maladies,' dies of breast cancer at 45

February 17, 2010 | 11:36 am


Mary Herczog, a writer whose battle with breast cancer was chronicled in a series of stories in The Times and on her website,, died Tuesday. She was 45.

Herczog, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 33, wrote about her experiences battling the disease from the late 1990s into the 2000s for The Times' Health section.

Her varied writing career also included travel books about New Orleans and Las Vegas.  

Herczog is survived by her husband, Steve Hochman, a longtime pop music writer for The Times and other publications.

The full obituary is here.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Mary Herczog with her dogs Hayley and Bix at her Silver Lake home in 2002. Credit: Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times