Former America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss dead at 34
By Krutika Mallikarjuna,
In Strauss' Facebook announcement on Oct. 4 she said, "I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles I got in 2013" referring to the Dr. Phil episode she guested on that forced her to face her troubles with addiction. She had celebrated five years of sobriety by the time she was diagnosed with incurable Stage IV breast cancer. She went into hospice care over Thanksgiving after stopping chemotherapy around Halloween.
In a statement given to TMZ, Strauss' family and friends remember her as a "light to people." They went on to say, "The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed."
Fans and fellow ANTM contestants are memorializing Strauss on Twitter.
Guys, I heard about #jaelstrauss passing today and I'm so sad about it. I wish I could of seen her once more. She was going through a whole lot. We don't know for what reasons, but man was she one of the strongest I knew. My prayers are with her and her family. ??????
— Jaslene Gonzalez (@jaslenegonzalez) December 4, 2018
— ?? (@taepocalypsed) December 5, 2018
— Kennedy (@KennedyNation) December 5, 2018
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