Obituaries

Patti Webster, 49; publicist to the stars

Ms. Webster represented celebrities in almost every field, including Alicia Keys.

W&W Public Relations

Ms. Webster represented celebrities in almost every field, including Alicia Keys.

NEW YORK — Patti Webster — a longtime publicist who represented stars including Usher, Janet Jackson, Chris Paul, and Alicia Keys — died Friday. She was 49.

Ms. Webster was suffering from brain cancer. She died at a hospital in Somerville, N.J., her firm announced.

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Ms. Webster founded W&W Public Relations in 1991. She represented celebrities in almost every field, including Halle Berry, Dwight Howard, and Steve Harvey.

Magic Johnson was among those who tweeted condolences, calling her a ‘‘sensational publicist.’’

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Ms. Webster, whose parents were pastors, was an ordained minister. She wrote ‘‘It Happened in Church: Stories of Humor From the Pulpit to the Pews.’’

She leaves her father, two sisters, two brothers, and other relatives.

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