The latino beauty queen passed away on Dec. 17 after her two-year battle with breast cancer at the young age of 28. Is this the saddest thing ever?
Eva Ekvall passed away in a hospital in Houston, Texas, at age 28, leaving an inspired family and country behind her. After she was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2000, she went on to be a runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant, news anchor for Venevision, author and breast cancer advocate.
She was just 17-years-old in 2000 when she received the title Miss Venezuela. Ten years later in February 2010 — at the age of 27 — she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer during her pregnancy with her first and only child, Miranda.
Eva was forced to undergo eight months of treatment including a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. She documented her battle with breast cancer through her book book Fuera de Foco — Spanish for “Out of Focus” — which included photographs of her throughout treatment.
“I hate to see photos in which I come out ugly,” told El Nacional, a Venezuelan-based newspaper, in an interview in 2010. “But you know what? Nobody ever said cancer is pretty or that I should look like Miss Venezuela when I have cancer.”
Eva joins the list of young celebrities who have encountered this ugly disease so early in life: most recently Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed at 36, Christina Applegate was also diagnosed at 36 and singer Kyle Minogue at 36, and the singer Anastacia at 34.
Her story is heartbreaking, but she is an inspiration and influence to women around the world. Our thoughts are with her family in this difficult time!
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