Jael Strauss, a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant who competed for the coveted reality show title in season 8, has reportedly died. She was 34.
Strauss’ death comes just two months after the catwalker announced she’d been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
“I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, on Oct. 2 I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer,” she wrote on Facebook Oct. 4. “It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable. With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013.”
TMZ reports Strauss died in hospice Tuesday morning after having spent the last few days unconscious.
The model announced Nov. 22 she was entering hospice after reportedly choosing not to continue seeking treatment.
Strauss rose to fame on “America’s Next Top Model” in season 8, which ran from 2007-08. The Detroit native was eliminated in episode nine, landing her in sixth place for the season.
She returned to reality TV in 2012 to seek help for her struggles with addiction from Dr. Phil.
August marked five years of sobriety for the model, who wrote on Instagram that she believed in miracles and recovery.