Jael Strauss, who found fame as a contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, has died at the age of 34.
The star passed away on Tuesday morning, just two months after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sources close to the model — who competed on season 8 of the reality show — told TMZ she died in a hospice on Tuesday around 11 AM.
The model went public with her cancer diagnosis in October, eight weeks after celebrating five years sober, but stopped treatment around Halloween.
She wrote after her diagnosis: “I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.”
“It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable. With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013.”
A Go-Fund-Me was started for Jael which raised more than $18k of a $30k goal. On the page it states: “Jael, being the selfless person that she is, has helped countless people throughout her life as an advocate for recovery and social justice.
She has offered everything she has to people in need; no matter what their situation, she is always ready to help with an empathetic heart and nonjudgmental spirit.
She has created “gofundmes” for literally dozens of her friends, and it is now time for us to pay her back.
“We have the chance, and honestly the obligation, to step up and return the favor. Please help Jael through this battle with cancer. Whether you can give a lot, a little, or contribute by keeping her in your hearts, anything helps.
“Jael is in tremendous pain right now and is unable to work. In a month, she will be let go from her job and lose her health insurance.
“I’m sure everyone understands how expensive cancer treatment is, and the last thing we want Jael to focus on right now is whether or not she will be able to afford her rent, her treatment, and other expenses.”
In a statement from her family after her death, they wrote: “The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed. She brought so much light to people.”
Reality star Jael was open about her addiction issues – going on Dr. Phil in 2012 to tackle her sobreity.
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