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The original advice columnist who counseled millions of readers through her syndicated "Dear Abby" column has died. Pauline Phillips, aka Abigail Van Buren, died Wednesday at 94, according to TMZ. No cause of death was provided, but Phillips had struggled with Alzheimer's disease since 2002, the year she stopped writing the column. Her daughter Jeanne Phillips took it over and continues to write it. Story: 'Diff'rent Strokes' Dad Conrad Bain Dies at 89 Phillips founded the "Dear Abby" column in 1956 under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, a pseudonym derived from the Bible (Abigail) and the eighth president of the

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