In the series’ second season premiere that aired in March 2015, Lewellyn spoke movingly about her diagnosis of bile duct cancer. Lewellyn was a former magazine editor, including a 2006-07 stint as accessories editor at Essence magazine. The magazine’s website posted news of her death today, calling Lewellyn “sunny and warm, a breath of fresh air in springtime.”
“You could not help but be swept away by her vivacious personality,” Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca wrote, adding that “she was always stunning, yet so down to earth and quick with a laugh.”
In addition to Essence, Lewellyn worked at InStyle and Glamour magazines prior to joining the Bravo fashion series. After disclosing her cancer diagnosis last year, Lewellyn said she was not afraid to die.
“It wasn’t like I wanted to die, and it wasn’t like I didn’t want to live,” she said in an interview with the Madame Noire website, “because I absolutely love my life, and I’ve always loved my life — but they told me it was stage three cancer. I was like, ‘Well, if it’s my time to go, I’m OK with it.’”
Lewellyn authored “Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less, & Look Your Best Ever” in 2010.
Bravo’s Andy Cohen tweeted his thoughts about Lewellyn: