TMZ is reporting that America’s Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss has died at the age of 34, just two months after revealing she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The model, who competed on Season 8 of the reality show, reportedly died in hospice early Tuesday morning after falling unconscious a few days ago and suffering a rapid decline Monday night. Strauss had reportedly decided to stop her chemotherapy treatments near the end of October and was moved to hospice mid-November.
Tyra Banks broke her silence on the death of Strauss.
Top Model has lost a beautiful soul. We will all remember Jael and her fun-loving spirit and beautiful soul.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 5, 2018
The model, who gained prominence after appearing on Season 8 of the reality show, passed away in hospice Tuesday after suffering a quick decline Monday night after a battle with breast cancer. She had been unconscious for a few days before her death.
Strauss revealed that she had been diagnosed with “incurable” Stage 4 breast cancer in a heartbreaking Facebook post in October, writing, “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.”
On November 22, she wrote, “First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things.”
Strauss, who appeared on Season 8 of the reality show, later confirmed she had progressive metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
A GoFundMe page was set up on Strauss’ behalf in October to help with her medical expenses.
“I just want to share that Jael lived a full life and loved everyone she met unconditionally,” a close friend of Strauss told Fox News on Tuesday.
“She was a friend to all and helped hundreds of people find freedom from the pain of addiction,” Strauss’ friend continued. “She was an advocate for those who were most in need of support. Her love and care knew no bounds and she was, simply put, one of the most incredible people I’ve ever known.
“She greatly impacted all those who crossed her path.”