The queen of the Chelsi Smith parade, who took the Miss USA crowns. UU And Miss Universe in 1995, died after a battle against liver cancer, at age 45.
Chelsi competed in her first contest, Miss Texas in 1994, becoming the first biracial woman to win the title.
Actress and reality star Shanna Moakler, 43, who was her finalist in the Miss USA contest, remembered her friend in a moving tribute that she shared on Instagram along with a collage of snapshots.
Its big day: the queen of the parade Chelsi Smith, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1995, died after a battle against liver cancer, 45 years.
"His light was so big and bright that it changed my life," Shanna wrote. & # 39; If it was not for her, her beauty and her energy, her incredible destiny, she would not even be where I am today.
"Even when I was sick, I was positive and radiant, and I never stopped laughing."
& # 39; I have a broken heart. Good speed … I love and I'll miss you more than you'll ever know. The epitome of a queen. "
Chelsi posted her latest photo on Instagram on April 4 and fans immediately began to leave their condolences to the beauty queen on Sunday.
Beautiful brunette: Chelsi was seen in Fashion Rocks The Universe! show in the tropical zone of Hawaii inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 10, 2008 in Las Vegas
A poignant message: actress and reality star Shanna Moakler, 43, her finalist in the Miss USA contest, remembered her friend in a touching tribute to Instagram along with a collage of snapshots, saying: "Even when I was sick He was positive and radiant and never stopped laughing & # 39;
Reaching: The Miss Universe community remembers one of their own
justalaina22 wrote: & # 39; Rest in paradise #thank you for the continuous break of molds for mixed young people like me in #Texas and around the world. U are and always will be MY #missuniverse. & # 39;
The Miss Universe organization also sent its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Chelsi Smith, Miss EE. UU And Miss Universe 1995. "
Chelsi traveled to Namibia to compete in the Miss Universe contest where she won the crown, becoming the first woman in the United States to do so in 15 years.
Last look: Chelsi published this seductive black and white photo of herself on April 4, her last entry. The fans immediately began to leave their reactions to his death on Sunday
In memory: Chelsi was loved by her many admirers who published her condolences on Instagram
After the fashion shows, her Model Mayhem profile says that she starred in commercial brands such as Hawaiian Tropic and Venus Swimwear.
The beautiful brunette released a single, Dom Da Da, which appeared in the movie The Sweetest Thing in 2002.
Chelsi also had small roles in Playas Ball in 2003 and in the television series Due South in 1996.
Bright star: Chelsi traveled to Windhoek, Namibia, where she was crowned Miss Universe.