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Sep132013

RIP: James Fortune Mourns ‘Devastating’ Loss Of Publicist Patti Webster 

By EEW Magazine News Editors

----------Updated September 13, 6:15 PM----------

At the request of W&W representatives EEW Magazine is publishing the following information:

Somerville, NJ – (September 13, 2013) Today renowned publicist, Patti Webster, passed away in Somerville, NJ, it was announced by her family.  Patti was the founder and CEO of the highly respected public relations agency, W&W Public Relations, Inc.

Throughout her long and illustrious career Patti was a driving force behind the success of numerous sports, entertainment and corporate clients.   In 1991, she founded W&W Public Relations, Inc., which has represented individuals and organizations including, Halle Berry, BMI Urban Awards, Bow Wow, Chris Carter, Creflo Dollar Ministries, eOne Music, Anthony Hamilton, Steve Harvey, HollyRod Foundation, Dwight Howard, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Ludacris, Mary, Mary, Chris Paul, Holly Robinson Pete, The Estate of Otis Redding, Kelly Rowland, Rasheed Wallace, So So Def Recordings, Usher, Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound and BeBe and CeCe Winans.

Click here to read Patti Webster's full bio provided by W&W Public Relations.

----------Updated September 13, 2:50 PM----------

The Associated Press reports Patti Webster was suffering from brain cancer and died at a hospital in Somerville, N.J. She was just 49 years old. She is survived by her father, two sisters, two brothers and other relatives.

----------Original Posting----------

A woman of faith and publicist to the stars, Patti Webster, CEO of W&W Public Relations passed away Friday, September 13. No cause of death has yet been released to the public.

“Just got the devastating news that my publicist Patti Webster passed away this morning,” tweeted gospel recording artist James Fortune, breaking the news via Twitter. “My thoughts & prayers are with the family!”

Webster, who boasted world famous clients like Janet Jackson, Halle Berry and Patti Labelle, also had an extensive gospel roster inclusive of artists like Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Michelle Williams and numerous others.

At the height of her entrepreneurial success, last year, the savvy businesswoman and preacher of the gospel celebrated two decades of service as CEO of a company that began modestly in 1991.

Patti Webster poses with clients Holly Robinson Peete and husband Rodney Peete (Credit: Real Urban Entertainment)

Under her leadership the PR firm that sputtered along initially—Her first client was Robin Givens who was stepping into a role in the movie Boomerang starring alongside Eddie Murphy—blossomed into a fully staffed agency overseeing music, television, film, sports, fashion, non-profit and corporate events.

Last Fall, Webster, an ordained Deaconess, church administrator and youth pastor, delivered her first sermon.

She has been profiled in Essence Magazine and received the prestigious 2009 Ebony Communications Award of Excellence for her work in PR and Entertainment. 

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Patti was indeed a wonderful person. I admired her faith, her love of family and friends, and her exceptional professionalism. I feel fortunate to have known and worked with her. She will be missed.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaime Mendoza

I'm so, so sorry to hear this. While I didn't know Patti personally, I know she inspired so many people and was dearly loved by those who knew her and treasured their relationship. Rest in peace.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValeria

I am very sad. The industry lost a giant today! What a wonderful woman who will be remembered for an AMAZING legacy!

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I met Patti many years ago through the Harley family in Somerville, NJ. She was a great person, with a pleasant spirit and wonderful energy. I KNOW she knew the Lord Jesus Christ and we will meet again someday on the other side. RIP my friend.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRev. Dr. Stefanie R. Minatee

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