Petra Mayer, NPR books editor, dies at 46

Petra Mayer, who was a books editor for National Public Radio, died Saturday., according to the news organization.

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NPR reported that it is believed Mayer suffered a pulmonary embolism. She was 46.

In addition to her duties as a books editor, Mayer reported on Comic-Con, an annual comics convention, and worked on NPR’s Book Concierge, a yearly interactive guide that filters titles based on interest to recommend to readers.

She was also an occasional guest on “Pop Culture Happy Hour” podcast episodes, according to NPR.

Fellow books editor Meghan Sullivan described Mayer as a proud nerd with a penchant for science fiction, comics and cats.

NPR’s senior vice president for news, Nancy Barnes, said in an email to staff that Mayer died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland on Saturday.

“Petra was NPR through and through,” Barnes wrote.

Mayer first joined NPR in 1994, left after a few years and came back to the organization in 2000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.