Author of self-help books BORN OCTOBER 8, 1926 - DIED AUGUST 30, 2017, AGED 90
DUBBED “queen of the New Age”, Louise Hay was a hugely successful author whose books focused on positive thought and self-improvement.
Eight years after her first book, Heal Your Body, in 1976, she wrote You Can Heal Your Life, which sold more than 50 million copies.
It was based on her experience of being diagnosed with incurable cervical cancer in 1977 and developing her own “intensive programme of affirmations, visualisation, nutritional cleansing and psychotherapy” to rid herself of the disease, which she did within six months.
Born in Los Angeles, she was sexually abused as a child and gave up a baby for adoption when she was 16. She wrote about a link between thoughts, disease and misfortunes, urging people to change through positive affirmations.