Zoe Sozo Bethel was crowned Miss Alabama for America Strong 2021. She has died after succumbing to injuries from an unspecified car accident on Friday. She was only 27.
Bethel’s family announced her passing three days after the news of her confirmed accident saying that she may not have much time left on her official Instagram page. The statement revealed that the beauty queen had been in an accident Thursday night February 10th. She has sustained severe damage to her brain/brainstem and is in a coma.
“Unfortunately the doctors are saying the damage cannot be repaired & that she may not have much time left” they added. To cover the Alabama native’s medical and other expenses, the family created a GoFundMe page. The fund has raised over $40,000 of its $500,000 goal.
Eight days later Bethel’s family updated her Instagram with the heartbreaking news. “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 wrote. They went on to say that Bethel touched the hearts of many people and was involved in several organizations. “At the time of her passing, she remained as 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, which has become one of the leading pro-life advocacy organizations in the world and is affiliated with the nonprofit journalist enterprise, Project Veritas”.
Bethel’s family asked for effectual and fervent prayers and privacy as they take this time to grieve. Bethel’s family has also extended the invitation to supporters to donate to their GoFundMe page to assist with funeral expenses. Tributes have been pouring in on social media platforms since news took over the internet.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and reigning Miss Alabama for America Strong, Zoe Bethel,” the pageant said in a statement on its Facebook page, changing its cover photo to one of her. “She was a light in this world, and we are heartbroken over the loss of such a bright and beautiful woman”.
Upon hearing the news editor in chief of RSBN Grace Saldana, where Bethel was a political commentator also paid tribute on Twitter.
In another beauty pageant tragedy last month Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst committed suicide by leaping to her death from a Manhattan building.