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'America's Next Top Model' Contestant Jael Strauss Dies After Battle With Breast

07 December 2018, 09:30 | Elsie Buchanan

America's Top Model contestant Jael Strauss in 2007

America's Top Model contestant Jael Strauss in 2007

America's Next Top Model star Jael Strauss has died at the age of 34 after losing her battle to breast cancer. "My prayers are with her and her family".

"I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know", she wrote to her fans at the time. She also noted that the cancer was incurable and had spread aggressively throughout her body.

After receiving treatment for her addiction and getting clean, the model said she was "the happiest I've ever been in my entire life".

The miracle she was referring to was going sober in 2013, a year after appearing on "Dr. Phil" in an effort to tackle her struggle with addiction.

She celebrated five years sobriety in August of this year.

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A source told the website she "took a turn for the worse" on Monday night after being unconscious for a few days. However, she chose to stop chemotherapy around Halloween. "Or death. So many things", she wrote at the time.

"I wish I could of seen her once more", Gonzalez wrote. She then started hospice care on November 22.

According to her GoFundMe page, in lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to help pay for funeral arrangements and outstanding medical expenses.

"America's Next Top Model" star Jael Strauss, pictured January 12, 2009 in NY, died after a battle with breast cancer.

Friends and loved ones have been showing their support for Strauss on social media and the impact she had on their lives.

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In October, she revealed she had incurable stage IV breast cancer.

"Your smile will always be with us always", one fan wrote on Jael's Facebook page just hours ago.

'We are never too broken to be put back together.

"Condolences to her friends and family".

The statement continued on the Go Fund Me page: 'It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue.

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"Guys, I heard about #jaelstrauss passing today and I'm so sad about it", Gonzalez, who was crowned victor of that season, tweeted. She has just begun chemo, but we do not know how things will play out. Thank you to my partner Cody Bear for showing me what real love is like. "Love you all! Keep up the good fight".

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