Martha Stewart, Laura PlimptonMartha Stewart's beloved little sister Laura Plimpton passed away on Tuesday, August 5 from a brain aneurysm in her Connecticut home. It was reported that the 59-year-old was exercising when she developed a headache. She was able to call her second husband for help, but there was nothing that could've been done.

In an email to her staff, Stewart announced, "My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital." She continued with obvious affection, "She was an extraordinary employee, mother, wife, and sister."

The late celeb sibling worked for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for more than 25 years -- ever since her first husband died at just 33 years old from a rare form of lymphoma.

In 2004, surrounding Martha's imprisonment over a federal insider trading conviction, Plimpton was a staunch defender of her sister's kindness and good heart. During a segment on Larry King Live that year, she described their "very special relationship" and how Stewart had come to her rescue after the death of her husband.

"Sadly, my first husband passed away and left me with two young children. And I was just in shock. The rug was pulled out from under me," she said. "She bought me a house to live in, so that my kids could go to a nice school, and how generous is that?" She also described her as a "mother figure" and said, "All I wanted to do was be around her."

Plimpton, who helped run the day-to-day operations of Stewart's media and lifestyle empire, is survived by three children. She may have described her big sister as a caretaker, but it seems as though she was a nurturer to the end, too. In the company email announcement of her passing, Martha wrote, "We are so sad, but also happy that Laura had the foresight to donate so many healthy organs to needy people."

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It sounds like Laura was a well-loved woman who will be missed greatly.

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