Former America's Next Top Model star Jael Strauss dead at 34

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2018

Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Jael Strauss has died two months after revealing that she has been battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

We send our thoughts and condolences to Jael's loved ones during this hard time.

"She was a friend to all and helped hundreds of people find freedom from the pain of addiction", Strauss' friend continued.

Strauss went public with her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer on October 5, three days after receiving her diagnosis.

Her addiction left her with rotting teeth and her body covered in sores. I've been in contact with her sister as well as her since she's been incarcerated.

She celebrated five years sobriety in August of this year with a touching Facebook post.

According to TMZ, Strauss died in hospice Tuesday, after taking a turn for the worse Monday night.

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Jael had reportedly been unconscious for a few days prior to her passing, and her family had stopped allowing visitors.

Strauss explained that she was undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments to help prolong her life, but unfortunately, nothing worked. Her love and care knew no bounds and she was, simply put, one of the most incredible people I've ever known. TMZ reported that Strauss passed away two months after announcing her diagnosis to her fans on social media.

During her time on America's Next Top Model, Strauss received particular praise for her photos, namely a shoot which saw her posing as a murder victim shortly after she received news that a close friend had died from a drug overdose.

The Solstice employee tells us her friends quickly organized the "F**k Cancer-Love Like Jael" fundraiser for her, and raised around $8,000 for her treatment costs. "Good God!" she wrote on Instagram. "It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue". 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". I feel better, but nowhere near how it used to be.

"Today I have 5 years sober".

"I've been sober for three years and three months now", she said at the time of the interview with Too Fab.

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