Columnist Liz Smith has made headlines today by posting a premature obituary for good friend, writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron.

Reps for Nora Ephron, who is 71 years old, had no comment about her current state of health, and her publisher has stated that she is, in fact, still alive. Family members have come forward to say that she is gravely ill. It is rumored that she is suffering from cancer and may not make it through the night.

Posted on, the Liz Smith piece talks about their long friendship with Nora Ephron and what she has meant to the world of entertainment. She ends her column with the following statement.

"I won't say, "Rest in peace, Nora" - I will just ask "What the hell will we do without you?"

Maybe. I hope. Nora will answer. Nora, we ARE all basket cases. There was no one like you."

While no official word has come forward about Nora Ephron's current state of well being, Newsweek's West Coast Editor Kate Aurthur says that she has not heard good things.

"She is either gone or close to gone. It's not a hoax."

Often referred to as the master of the RomCom (romantic comedy) genre, Nora Ephron is best known for her films Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and most recently directed Julie & Julia. We'll have more as the story breaks.