Former Beauty Queen Dies From Sickle Cell

Former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin passed away at a Florida hospital on Wednesday night due to some complications with the sickle cell disease.

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Shakira’s mother Andrea Hall confirmed her death in a social media post, saying, ‘My darling princess Shakira Aminah passed away at 12:28am from complications from sickle cell blood clots to both lungs’.

‘Shakira was a fighter, lived her life in the moment, never became a slave to her disease. I will [keep] you posted with all the arrangements, which will be both in Florida and Jamaica her favourite place in the whole world. Thanks for your support, prayers, phone calls, texts,’ Andrea added in her Facebook post.

The 30-year-old beauty queen had reportedly been on life support after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia. Family and friends were by her bedside during her final moments.

May her gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

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