Pauline Phillips, who consoled millions around the world as the creator of the iconic Dear Abby advice column, has died at the age of 94, her syndication service said Thursday.
In a statement quoted by AFP, Universal Uclick said Phillips -- who wrote Dear Abby from 1956 until her daughter Jeanne Phillips formally took over the column and her alias Abigail Van Buren in 2002 -- died Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She had fought "a long battle" with Alzheimer's disease, it said.
Phillips, born Pauline Esther Friedman, was the twin sister of Esther Pauline Friedman, better known as the equally famous agony aunt Ann Landers, who died in 2002 after she was diagnosed with cancer.
In a 1989 anthology, she credited her Russian Jewish heritage -- her parents had come to America as impoverished immigrants -- for her trademark one-line wisecrack responses to some of her readers' most perplexing problems.