Friday, August 5, 2016

Ex-Miss Jamaica Universe Dies At 30 Of Sickle Cell Disease

Former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, has died in a Florida hospital from complications from sickle cell. She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

Being a sickler, Martin said she had entered the competition in hopes of getting a larger platform to increase awareness about the disease.

"Shakira was a fighter, lived her life in the moment, never became a slave to her disease. I will keep you posted with all the arrangements which will be both in Florida and Jamaica her favourite place in the whole world. Thanks for your support, prayers, phone calls, texts," her mom said on Facebook.

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