Mary Kay LeTourneau And Vili Fualaau Spend Time At Beach House

Mary Letourneau, 43, and her fiance Vili Fualaau, 22, enter their home on May 8, 2005 in the Seattle suburb Normandy Park, WA. Letourneau spent more than 7 years in jail for having sex with Fualaau when he was her 12-year old student, and the two have announced plans to wed this May. 

(CNN) -- Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle teacher who went to prison for her relationship with her student, died of cancer late Monday, according to her former attorney.

Letourneau died fairly suddenly in her home, her former attorney David Gehrke told CNN. Most of her family was with her, including Vili Fualaau, her former student and ex-husband who was giving her 24-hour care the last month of her life.

The two met when Letourneau was a 34-year-old teacher in Seattle. She was married with four children when she began an affair with Fualaau, her 13-year-old student in 1996.

Letourneau gave birth to Fualaau's child before she served seven years in prison on charges related to their sexual relationship. The couple later had a second child.

Letourneau and Fualaau got married in 2005 soon after she was released from prison, but Fualaau filed for legal separation in 2017 just before their 12 year anniversary.

It is not clear why Fualaau filed for the separation.

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