'America's Next Top Model' Alum Jael Strauss Dead At 34
By Peyton Blakemore
December 4, 2018
America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss has died at the age of 34 after a brief battle with breast cancer, TMZ reports.
The model, who competed on season 8 of the modeling show, died in hospice on Tuesday (December 4) at about 11 a.m. after her health reportedly took a turn for the worse Monday night.
Jael's death comes just two months after she announced that she was diagnosed with "incurable" stage four breast cancer. She wrote on Facebook at the time: "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."
At the end of last month, the 34-year-old model announced that she had entered hospice care. "First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death," she wrote on Facebook. "So many things."
Following news of her diagnosis, a GoFundMe page was created to help with Jael's medical bills. "At the end of September, Jael became very sick and was diagnosed with aggressive Stage IV Rapidly Progressive Metastatic Inflammatory Breast Cancer,” read the GoFundme description. "It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue. She has just begun chemo, but we do not know how things will play out. What we do know is that Jael is putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease and can use as much support and love as possible."
Jael had recently celebrated five years of sobriety. "Today I have 5 years sober. Good God!" she wrote on Instagram in August. "I know a few things to be true: Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together."
Rest in Peace, Jael.
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