Debbie Ford, a best-selling author known for the book "The Dark Side of Light Chasers," has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 57.
A family spokesman confirms that Ford died at home in San Diego.
Her 1998 self-help book spawned an empire for the author, as she aimed to help readers overcome their personal demons.
Ford went on to pen eight more books, lead workshops and host TV/radio shows devoted to this topic. She also shared her own struggles with drug addiction and a divorce.
Wrote Ford's sister in a statement:
"From the time she was a little girl, Debbie was one of those people who had a strong mind of her own, and did things on her own terms and that is how she lived. And she was always so funny! Even up to the end, she had us laughing.
"She leaves us with such an impressive body of work. We know that her contributions will live on through the millions of people she has touched with her books and teachings, and the thousands she has trained in her work."
She is survived by her mother, son and brother and we send our thought to all of Ford's loved ones.