Miss Venezuela Dies Of Breast Cancer
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, lost her battle with breast cancer and has has died at age 28 at a hospital in Houston..
Ekvall was named Miss Venezuela at age 17 in 2000, and the following year she was third runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico. She went on to model, act and even became a television news anchor.
She also wrote the book, “Fuera de Foco” (“Out of Focus”), about her struggle with cancer.
She told the newspaper El Nacional in an interview last year after the book was published that “I needed to send the message of the need for cancer prevention.”
On the cover was a portrait in which she appeared with makeup and her head shaved. The book also included images of her while going through chemo.
“I hate to see photos in which I come out ugly,” Ekvall told El Nacional. “But you know what? Nobody ever said cancer is pretty or that I should look like Miss Venezuela when I have cancer.”
Ekvall’s family said in a statement Sunday that her remains were being cremated in Houston on Monday and that a service is to be held in Venezuela once her remains are returned to her country.
She was the wife to radio producer John Fabio Bermudez and has a 2-year-old daughter.
Her father, Eric Ekvall, recalled in the book that his mother, also named Eva, had died of the same type of cancer at age 39.
“Those who know Eva know she doesn’t give up,” he said of his daughter. “She fights for what she wants.”
Her death brought an outpouring of condolences from Venezuelans, including from some prominent artists and politicians who praised her in messages on Twitter.
One drawing posted online depicted her as an angel with white wings and a pink ribbon on her chest.
Ekvall’s husband posted a photo on Twitter Sunday showing a close-up of his hand holding hers, resting on a bed, with the words “Always together … I love you wife.”
May she rest in peace.