Woman dies after penning touching dating profile for husband

Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The author says their 26 years of marriage as a "near fairytale" (Getty)

The ill author of an advertisement offering her husband's hand in marriage, has died of ovarian cancer 10 days after her letter went viral. 

Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote the dating-like profile for Jason Rosenthal on her death bed urging women to date the soon-to-be widower. 

She described their 26 years of marriage as a "near fairytale," and said "I'm going to miss looking at that face of his".

The 51-year-old's death was confirmed by her agent and friend, Amy Rennert. 

"She taught us that life's seemingly small moments are not really small at all. Amy's final essay, written under the most difficult of circumstances - a love letter to her husband Jason - was the ultimate gift to him and also to the rest of us," Ms Rennert says. 

The author, who wrote journals, children's books and everything in between, wanted her husband to fall in love again after she died. 

"Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana," she wrote. 

After her New York Times feature swept the internet, Jason publicly replied.

"Unfortunately I do not have the same aptitude for the written word, but if I did, I can assure you that my tale would be about the most epic love story...ours," Mr Rosenthal said. 

Ms Rosenthal is survived by Jason and their three children Justin, Miles and Paris.