December 18, 2018

America's Next Top Model star dies at 34

05 December 2018, 09:28 | Elsie Buchanan

America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has passed away from cancer at the age of 34, according to TMZ.

Strauss went public with her battle with stage 4 breast cancer in October.

Jael went on, "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.

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She concluded: "I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles I got in 2013" referring to the Dr. Phil episode she guested on that forced her to face her troubles with addiction.

She stopped her chemotherapy on October 31 and went into hospice care on Thanksgiving Day.

She entered hospice on November 22. So many things I never knew about life. Previous posts noted that Strauss was "putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease" and "helped countless people throughout her life as an advocate for recovery and social justice" as a result of her own struggles with substance abuse.

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Her friends started a GoFundMe page to help pay her medical bills.

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During the show, Jael's family revealed she had been battling with drug addiction for six years and was now a "full-blown meth addict" and close to death. "She brought so much light to people". She was home for several days, but was experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort due to her abdomen continuing to gradually become extremely distended and firm.

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Strauss finished in sixth place on the eighth season of "America's Next Top Model" back in 2007. "Good God!" she wrote in August. The post also paid tribute to the former model's memory, reading in part, "Today we lost our earth angel and she is back in the spirit world from which she came and we know she will be watching over all of us". Thank you to all my lovely family (blood and extended). "I'd be dead if it weren't for all the love and forgiveness I've been showered with by my friends and my family". "Thank you so much for all the love, support, & prayers through the journey".

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