America's Next Top ModelCycle 8 alum Jael Strauss died Tuesday at the age of 34 after losing her battle with breast cancer. TMZ reported that Strauss passed away two months after announcing her diagnosis to her fans on social media.
In Strauss' Facebook announcement on Oct. 4 she said, "I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles I got in 2013" referring to the Dr. Phil episode she guested on that forced her to face her troubles with addiction. She had celebrated five years of sobriety by the time she was diagnosed with incurable Stage IV breast cancer. She went into hospice care over Thanksgiving after stopping chemotherapy around Halloween.
In a statement given to TMZ, Strauss' family and friends remember her as a "light to people." They went on to say, "The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed."
Fans and fellow ANTM contestants are memorializing Strauss on Twitter.