Friday, 14 December, 2018

'America's Next Top Model' contestant Jael Strauss dead at 34

America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss reportedly dies after breast cancer battle ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant Jael Strauss Dies of Breast Cancer 2 Months After Announcement
Adrian Cunningham | 07 December, 2018, 21:30

The former reality star, who competed on season 8 of the modeling competition, passed away in hospice care on Tuesday morning, TMZ reports.

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed", Strauss' family said in a statement to TMZ.

"She was a friend to all and helped hundreds of people find freedom from the pain of addiction", Strauss' friend continued.

Jael's kindness was reciprocated this past October shortly after she announced she'd been diagnosed with incurable, stage 4 breast cancer.

Strauss said that treatment of her cancer could prolong her life for a few months. "I don't want to die", she added.

After the show finished, Jael struggled with drug addiction before turning her life around after appearing on a 2012 episode of Dr. Phil.

In August 2018, Strauss celebrated the fifth anniversary of her sobriety.

"First night in hospice", Strauss wrote on her Facebook page. She was apparently unconscious for a few days.

America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss reportedly dies after breast cancer battle
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant Dead At 34

"I wish I could of seen her once more", Gonzalez wrote. "Or death. So many things", she wrote on Facebook at the time.

Tyra Banks broke her silence on the death of America's Next Top Model's Jael Strauss.

Tributes have been pouring in all over social media.

When was Jael diagnosed with cancer? "Those of us who know her understand that she is a fighter, but this fight will be a long, rocky, and definitely expensive one".

"On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer".

"Today we lost our earth angel and she is back in the spirit world from which she came and we know she will be watching over all of us", read the update. I feel better, but nowhere near how it used to be.

"Condolences to her friends and family".

Depending on whether cancer cells have spread to nearby lymph nodes only or to other tissues also, IBC is either stage 3 or 4 disease at diagnosis. Sobriety makes you weirder not normal.... and I'd be dead if it weren't for all the love and forgiveness I've been showered with by my friends and family. Thank you to all my attractive family (blood and extended). "Love you all! Keep up the good fight".

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