“American Next Top Model” alum Jael Strauss, who competed in the oldest series of real reality series, has died at the age of 34 after a two-month battle with breast cancer.
Strauss died Tuesday morning, according to a notice published on her official GoFundMe page, set up to cover medical costs.
“Today we lost our earth angel and she is back in the spiritual world from which she came and we know she will look upon us all,” the message read. “She will dance on how we celebrate her life by spreading the love she lived every day with a ruthless abandon.”
The reality television star was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 breast cancer in October and publicly launched their health camp in an emotional post shortly after.
“On October 2, I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has been aggressively spread throughout the body and is irrevocable,” she wrote on Facebook. “With treatment, it can extend my life beyond the” few months “the doctors said I could handle. I do not want to die. I need another of the miracles I came back in 201
3. – A reference to her overcoming abuse that year
Strauss continued to update the fans about her condition, with her last post on November 22, revealing that she had entered hospice care.
“First night in hospice,” she wrote on Facebook. “So many things like me never knew about life. Or death. So many things. “
” ANTM “host Tyra Banks has not yet publicly contacted Strauss’s death, but Jaslene Gonzalez, who competed with her and eventually won the contest, remembered her on Twitter Tuesday night.
“I wish I could see her once” wrote Gonzalez. “She went through a lot. We do not know for reasons, but the man she was one of the strongest I knew. My prayers are with her and her family. “
Strauss fell in difficult times after the reality TV show, which has launched successful models like Yaya DaCosta and Winnie Harlow. On an episode of 2012 of” Dr. Phil, “Strauss revealed that she was fighting for an abuse of methamphetamine.
In this section, the daytime game hall hosted a hometown intervention for the former model. Strauss later claimed that she was” exploited “on the show for rating.
Strauss, a Detroit Indians, became sober shortly after the episode was lowered. At the end of August, she celebrated five years of sobriety.
“Today, I have 5 years sober. Good god! “She wrote on Instagram.” I know some things to be true: Miracles are real, recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far you think you are, we are never too rude to put back together. “
Instead of flowers Strauss “family has prayed that fans continue to donate to the GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses and outstanding medical bills.