Chelsi Smith, winner of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1995, died at the age of 45

Chelsi Smith, winner of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1995, died at the age of 45

– Last Saturday, September 8, the model lost the battle against cancer
– The woman is the only Texan who has won Miss Universe

The beauty queen, Chelsi Smith, who won Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1995, died at the age of 45 after losing a heavy battle with liver cancer.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Smith died on Saturday, September 8th. The devastating disease was diagnosed in the spring of 2017, according to a spokesperson for the family, quoted by the news website.

The native of Texas, started her beauty queen career in 1994 when she won the crown of Miss Galveston County. A year later he won the Miss Texas USA and Miss USA crown.

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In a statement quoted by the news portal, her family said that Smith is the only biracial woman to win the three crowns, on the other hand, Smith was the only Texan to win Miss Universe, according to The Houston Chronicle.

The beauty queen's family said in the same statement that a public commemoration is planned for October in Houston.

Actress and reality star Shanna Moakler, 43, who was her finalist in the Miss USA contest, reminded her friend in a touching tribute she shared on Instagram with a collage of photos & # 39; s. "Her light was so amazing and brilliant that my life has changed," wrote Shanna. "Without her, her beauty and her energy, her incredible destiny, she would not even be where I am now, even when she was sick, she was positive and radiant and she never stopped laughing."

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Having a hard time writing this. Found out the news of my good friend passing. I really don't know how to express to the world what a funny, loving, smart! She was so fucking smart… to smart for her own good and talented young woman she was. Because her light was so big and so bright, she changed my life. If it wasn't for her, her beauty and her energy, her incredible destiny, I wouldn't even be where I am today. Even when she was sick she was positive and radiant and never stopped laughing. I was crying and she was cheering me up! Thats who she was. Chelsi, I will never forget our long nights talking, singing, fighitng, dreaming… pageantry will never be the same, the world and my heart will not be the same. I will cherish my last conversations with you, I wish I was a better friend or could have done more. I know you are meant for bigger things then this world offered you. Visit me in my dreams queen I will be missing you and all your witty banter. Love love love you. Godspeed.

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Smith placed his last photo on Instagram on April 4. His fans began to express their condolences to the beauty queen on Sunday. Miss USA and Miss Universe also complained about his death via social networks.

In 1995 Smith traveled to Namibia to take part in the Miss Universe competition, where he won the crown. The Texan became the first woman in the United States to reach it after 15 years.

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After the parades, Smith played in commercial brands such as Hawaiian Tropic and Venus Swimwear. He also released the single, Dom Da Da, that appeared in the film The sweetest thing in 2002. He also had small roles in Playas Ball in 2003 and in the TV series Due South in 1996.

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