Thursday 13 December 2018

America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss dies at 35 after breast cancer battle

America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss in 2007
America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss in 2007
Jael Strauss lost her battle with breast cancer. Picture: Jael Strauss/Instagram
America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss in 2007

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Veteran American's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has died at the age of 35 after a brief battle with breast cancer.

Strauss appeared on the programme in 2007 and two months ago, she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. After deciding to end her treatment, she entered hospice care last month and her family was with her until her last moments.

Throughout her battle, she had been keeping followers up to date on social media, including that there were "so many things I never knew about life - or death" during her first night in hospice.

Last month, she publicly shared her diagnosis, writing on Facebook, "I was going to write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. 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."

After her time on the show, she battled an addiction to crystal meth which left her homeless, during which time she appeared on the Dr Phil show, which she later said she felt "exploited" by.

Jael Strauss lost her battle with breast cancer. Picture: Jael Strauss/Instagram
Jael Strauss lost her battle with breast cancer. Picture: Jael Strauss/Instagram

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