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Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s partner Rayya Elias dies

“Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert’s partner Rayya Elias has died. She was 57.

“I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring,” Gilbert wrote in an Instagram post Thursday. “May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

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Authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Rayya Elias at an event in 2014.

(Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Elias, 57, an author, songwriter and a maker of short films, was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in 2016.

That year Gilbert split from her husband of 12 years, Jose Nunes, who was portrayed by Javier Bardem in the 2010 film adaptation of “Eat Pray Love” starring Julia Roberts.

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Two months later, Gilbert announced that she’d found love again with Elias, her best friend.

In her 2013 memoir, “Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair and Post-Punk,” Elias recalled her highs and lows, including homelessness and drug addiction.

Gilbert’s Instagram tribute continued: “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.”

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