'America's Next Top Model' Alum Jael Strauss Dies at 34 After Battling Breast Cancer

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Jael Strauss, best known for competing on the Cycle 8 of the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model, died on Tuesday morning, per TMZ.

She was 34 years old and battling stage 4 breast cancer.

“The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed,” the family said in a statement to the website. “She brought so much light to people.”

 

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In October, the TV personality revealed she was diagnosed with the disease and it was moving very "aggressively" throughout her body. Doctors only gave her a “few months” to live.

About two weeks ago, she posted on social media that she was in hospice care.

In August, she celebrated five years of sobriety.

"I know a few things to be true: Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together, Service work feels better than the greatest high, Sobriety makes you weirder not normal and I'd be dead if it weren't for all the love and forgiveness I've been showered with by my friends and family," she wrote.

 

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Today I have 5 years sober. Good God! I know a few things to be true: Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together, Service work feels better than the greatest high, Sobriety makes you weirder not normal😊 and I’d be dead if it weren’t for all the love and forgiveness I’ve been showered with by my friends and family. Thank you to anyone that’s ever let me sponsor them. Thank you to my partner Cody Bear for showing me what real love is like. Thank you to all my beautiful family (blood and extended). Because of this gift I have no friends, only family. Love you all! Keep up the good fight😘 #Recovery #sobriety #12steps #drphil #antm

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Her fellow ANTM contestant, Jaslene Gonzalez, who won the season Jael was on, posted her condolences on social media.

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