‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ Reporter Fawn Vrazo Dies at 60

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By: E&P Staff

A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who wrote of her repeated bouts with life-threatening disease in the paper’s series “The Cancer Chronicles,” Fawn Vrazo was not one to take her illness lying down. First diagnosed in 1992, she would sarcastically refer to it as “the disease that keeps on giving,” and continued to fight her cancer for years when it returned in 1999, 2002, and 2004.

In December 2005, Vrazo faced her greatest challenge yet, as the cancer spread to her brain. After more than a year of fighting, she died on April 8 at age 60 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

During her 23 years at the Inquirer, Vrazo served as a local, national, and foreign reporter and was stationed at its Houston bureau in 1986 and its London bureau in 1995. She also wrote editorials, investigative pieces, and medical stories.

She accepted a buyout from the paper in 2005, and since then had traveled about the country with her family. She and her husband, John, had been married for 18 years when he died in 1996.

A lively spirit with an appreciation for culinary pleasures, Vrazo was well known for her annual “crabfest,” which she hosted again last summer.

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