Trailblazing Model Mama Cax Dead At 30: Rihanna & More Pay Tribute

By Peyton Blakemore

December 20, 2019

Mama Cax has died at the age of 30.

The trailblazing model and activist, who was also a cancer survivor and amputee, passed away on Monday (December 16) after spending a week in a London hospital.

Mama's family announced the tragic news of her passing on Instagram Friday (December 20).

"It is with deep regret and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Cacsmy Brutus (Mama Cax). Mama Cax spent the past week in the hospital, and unfortunately, on Monday December 16, she left this world," read the statement. "To say that Cax was a fighter would be an understatement. As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life's several challenges head on and successfully. It is with the same grit (fervor) that she fought her last days on earth."

"We are aware that this lost will be felt globally and will not be easy for anyone," the statement continued. "We ask that you please respect Cax's privacy in this difficult time."

Mama was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer at the age of 14. Two years later, she underwent hip replacement surgery. However, it was unsuccessful, requiring the Haitian-American model to have her right leg amputated.

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Y’all 2019 has been one of the best years for me , cannot deny it! but 2019 also tried to take me out 😩 I was gearing up for a wonderful couple of weeks went from celebration an anniversary with bae in Serbia, flew to NY for a quick job then had a quick shoot in London before heading to L.A to celebrate a fruitful yearlong partnership with my #sephorasquad family. While in London I started experiencing severe abdominal pain and was rushed to the emergency room- they dismissed it as an inflammation and sent me back to my hotel with some pain meds. The next morning it got worse, while barely conscious, I asked the hotel to call me an ambulance. They discovered that I had several blood clots in my leg, thigh, abdomen and near an IVC filter near my Lungs (which is a medical device that prevents clots from entering the lungs.) up until this emergency visit I had no idea I had such filter (which I assumed was placed there during my chemo days 14yrs ago) - nonetheless this filter saved my life. Lots of unanswered questions which I’ll have to figure out once I’m back to the States but I’m finally out of the hospital, in less pain, resting and taking blood thinners. Unfortunately flying puts me at risk of a pulmonary embolism therefore I’m stuck across the pond until after Christmas. Hope y’all are gearing up for a wonderful holiday season. (Thanks @sephora for the flowers 😚 and to everyone who took time to message and call me- love you all 🤗) _______________________________________________

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As fans know, Mama was an outspoken advocate for fashion inclusivity. Rihanna, who hired Mama to walk at her Savage x Fenty runway show earlier this year, was one of the many celebrities to express their condolences on social media.

See her tribute and others below.

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There’s a reason why when we went to Disneyland, little girls kept asking if you were a princess. There was a light about you, and anyone that was lucky enough to meet you, to be in your presence, and even luckier to be loved by you, saw it, felt it & was drawn to you. You lived unapologetically, you loved so all encompassing, you hyped me up, sent me memes when you knew I needed a laugh, and you did that for everyone you loved. The last time I spoke to you we were on FaceTime and I told you about my recent changes in my life, you showered me with love as you always did, and then scolded me when I told you that I hadn’t eaten that day and wasn’t sleeping enough, and I laughed and told you “God! You’re always being my mom!!!” because that was you, you were a nurturer. You loved hard, your sense of humor was untouchable, your passion was electric, and the work you did on this earth, the lives you touched, the visibility you brought to this world, your beautiful words of strength and standing firm for what you believe... that will be your legacy. Rest now @mamacax , we will keep fighting for you 🖤💔 (& yea, I’m gonna bloom & make you proud 🌷)

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I am honoured to have known you @mamacax Thank you for being you, in a world often filled with darkness you brought light and hope to so many. To say you inspired the world is an understatement - you changed the world and your legacy is everlasting. So are the memories I will treasure forever. As much as it hurts knowing you’ve passed on, my heart is filled with gratitude that the world experienced your grace, wit, courage, strength, fearless advocacy and love for others. I will continue to smile everyday thinking of you and do my best to continue living and fighting for what you believe in. Sending my prayers and love to your family I can’t thank them enough for bringing you into this world. Until we meet again, love you sister❤️🕊

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