Chelsi Smith, quien fue coronada como Miss Universo 1995, falleció tras luchar contra el cáncer de hígado.

Smith fue la segunda mujer de raza negra en ganar el certamen de Miss Universo, después de que Janelle Penny Commissiong, de Trinidad y Tobago lo hiciera en 1977.

Ganó Miss Texas y de allí se coronó como Miss USA, ganado la corona de Miss Universo para su país luego de 15 años.

Shanna Moakler, quien participó con Chelsea en Miss USA 1995, le dedicó unas una publicación su perfil de Instagram: ” ¡Realmente no sé cómo expresarle al mundo lo graciosa, amorosa, inteligente! Era tan jodidamente inteligente … inteligente para su vida, tan buena y talentosa que era. Debido a que su luz era tan grande y brillante, ella cambió mi vida”.

Chelsi tenía 45 años de edad y desde hace algún tiempo padecía de cáncer en el hígado.

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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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