Chelsi Smith, Miss Universe 1995, dies aged 45 after losing battle to liver cancer

Shanna Moakler, who was the runner up to Chelsi Smith’s Miss Universe title in 1995, shared an emotional post as a tribute to her.


                            Chelsi Smith, Miss Universe 1995, dies aged 45 after losing battle to liver cancer

Chelsi Smith, the winner of Miss Universe 1995, and the first African-American to be crowned Miss Texas has died on Saturday, September 8. Smith, who was 45, was reportedly fighting a battle with liver cancer before passing away.  

Shanna Moakler, who was the runner-up to Smith’s Miss Universe title in 1995, shared an emotional post as a tribute to her. She also said that she would be playing Cancer Free Gen, which is dedicated to attacking cancer on all fronts by funding innovative research from young physician-scientists, in honor of her late friend. 



 

Smith’s predecessor and Indian actress Sushmita Sen also mourned her death with the tweet, “I loved her smile and that generous spirit. Rest in peace my beautiful friend, Chelsi Smith. Miss Universe 1995." The post was accompanied by a photo capturing the moment that Sushmita passed her crown to Smith. 

 



 

A native of Houston, Smith competed in her first pageant, which happened to be for the title of Miss Texas, in 1994, and became the first bi-racial woman to win the pageant. Following this, in 1995, she traveled to Namibia to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where she became the first American to win the title in 15 years.  

Many fans have expressed their condolences on social media: