Former 'America's Next Top Model' Star Jael Strauss Dies From Breast Cancer Two Months After Diagnosis

Lea van der Merwe

Jael Strauss, the 34-year-old America's Top Model alum, revealed just two months ago in a Facebook post that she had been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. On Tuesday, she sadly passed away while in hospice care.

As reported by AOL, her condition had drastically deteriorated on Monday night, with close friends saying she had been in a coma for a week leading up to her death. Her family had not been allowing visitors to see her in the hospice since she had slipped into the coma.

Following her death, her family has issued a statement regarding their tragic loss.

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed. She brought so much light to people."

"First night in hospice," she wrote on Facebook after being checked into hospice care.

"So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things."

"I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

She first spoke publicly about her battle with alcoholism in 2012 on Dr. Phil, and in August she celebrated five years of sobriety in a lengthy Instagram post. Strauss called her ability to get sober a miracle, and added that "we are never too broken to be put back together" regardless of how far they may have slipped. She added the constant support she had received from her friends and family throughout her battle had played a major part in saving her life on that occasion.

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