Former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin dies at the of 30 with sickle cell disease

Former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, died in a Florida hospital from complication with the sickle cell disease.

She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

Being a sickler, Martin said she had entered the competition in hopes of getting a larger platform to increase awareness about the disease.

Her mother Andrea Hall posted on the social media site, Facebook.

"Shakira was a fighter, lived her life in the moment, never became a slave to her disease. I will [keep] you posted with all the arrangements which will be both in Florida and Jamaica her favourite place in the whole world. Thanks for your support, prayers, phone calls, texts," she said.

Earlier, Hall had alerted the world to the imminent death of her daughter the 2011 Miss Jamaica.

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