Last month one of the most prominent Black beauty queens, Cheslie Kryst, 30, died in New York City. Early reports suggest that she may have taken her own life, but some in her family want a full investigation into her demise.
Now MTO News has confirmed that another Black beauty queen, Zoe Sozo Bethel, has died, and the circumstances of her death are unknown.
The beautiful Zoe - who was heavily aligned with right wing politics - died eight days after suffering injuries from what her family is calling an "undisclosed accident."
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Family members of Zoe, who was crowned Miss Alabama for America Strong 2021, announced the news on her Instagram account Sunday, writing: "On Friday, February 18, 2022, at approximately 5:30AM Eastern time in Miami, Florida, our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries."
They added that Bethel "touched the hearts of many people" and was involved in several organizations. "She was the current Miss Alabama (for America Strong), a political commentator for RSBN, a Brand Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and Liberty University's Falkirk Center. She was also a spokeswoman for Students for Life and affiliated with Project Veritas," her family shared as they asked for "effectual and fervent prayers" and privacy.
The family wrote the following:
This message comes from the family of Zoe Bethel.
Zoe had an accident Thursday night, February 10th, & sustained severe damage to her brain/brainstem & is in a coma. Unfortunately the doctors are saying the damage cannot be repaired & that she may not have much time left.
We are praying for God's will to be done, regardless of what that may look like.
This has been an abrupt & very traumatizing situation for our family, & we can imagine how much of a shock this will also be to everyone who knows & cares for her.
We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of our family during this time.
Keep Zoe & the family in your prayers!