Mama Cax, Trailblazing Fashion Model, Dead at 30: Rihanna, Nina Agdal and More Pay Tribute
By Desiree Murphy
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Mama Cax, an activist and trailblazing amputee fashion model, has died. She was 30.
The tragic news was announced in a family statement posted to her Instagram on Friday.
"It is with deep regret and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Cacsmy Brutus (Mama Cax). Mama Cax spent the past week in the hospital, and unfortunately, on Monday December 16, she left this world," the statement read. "To say that Cax was a fighter would be an understatement, As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life's several challenges head on and successfully. It is with the same grit (fervor) that she fought her last days on earth."
"We are aware that this lost will be felt globally and will not be easy for anyone," the statement continued. "We ask that you please respect Cax's privacy in this difficult time."
Over the past few years, Cax had been advocating to make the fashion industry more inclusive for differently-abled women and women of color.
"I started using social media to talk about my body Insecurities after childhood cancer left me with a million scars (mostly emotional) and an amputated leg," she shared on Instagram in November. "The question I hate the most is 'who is your role model' - never had one until I became my own role model BUT I admire strong and fierce people who use their privileges to uplift others."
Mama Cax, you were brilliant and beautiful and POWERFUL!!! We are all saddened to hear about your death, I am holding your family in prayer right now, may you rest in power and peace, thank you for the work that you did here on earth!! 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/HiN8UqCUjr
The passing of Mama Cax is really hurting my soul RN. You really can be here today and gone tomorrow. Her life was impactful and full of purpose, and I am happy that I had a chance to see and meet her in this lifetime. pic.twitter.com/NCxyjZQOje
Growing up on social media means that from time to time, you find yourself grieving, truly grieving, the passing of strangers. Rest in Power #MamaCax -- and please know you really and truly left your mark on this world. pic.twitter.com/F4GQErnkk5