Rihanna and others express grief over model and activist Mama Cax's demise


Mama Cax, a trailblazing fashion model and blogger who overcame a cancer diagnosis and leg amputation in her teens, has died.

She was released from hospital before passing away on Monday, with her family posting the news on Instagram.

The model - whose real name was Cacsmy Brutus - died on December 16th after spending a week in the hospital.

'To say that Cax was a fighter could be an understatement'. As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life's several challenges head on and successfully. "It's with the exact same grit... she battled her last days in the world".

"We are aware that this loss will be felt globally and will not be easy for anyone", her family went on.

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The 30-year-old Haitian-American was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer at just 14.

Rihanna was one of the first to pay tribute to the model, writing: 'A queen. After undergoing an unsuccessful hip replacement, her right leg was amputated and some of her hip was removed. Model Iskra Lawrence wrote that there were no words to express how grateful she is for Cax's existence, and that the world was graced with her positivity, wisdom, and love. "We will make information about funeral arrangements public once they are finalised".

As fans know, Mama was an outspoken advocate for fashion inclusivity.

Jameela Jamil additionally penned a heartfelt note to her belated friend which she hailed the "most extraordinary role model". But she eventually grew comfortable with her body, growing a significant following and wearing an array of colourful prosthetic as she graced fashion runways. Despite her illness, Cax became a hugely successful model, having worked with major brands like Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger and Olay, while appearing in magazines like Vogues and Glamour.