Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen on Sunday mourned the death of Chelsi Smith, who was her successor in 1995.
Smith died on Saturday due to liver cancer at the age of 43, reported Hindustan Times.
Sushmita tweeted, “I loved her smile and that generous spirit. Rest in peace my beautiful friend, Chelsi Smith. Miss Universe 1995.”
Along with the post, Sushmita posted a photograph which captures the moment the Indian beauty had passed her crown to Smith.
The news of Smith’s demise comes as a shock to her fans and near and dear ones. Shanna Moakler, who was the runner-up at the 1995 pageant, also wrote about Smith. “Having a hard time writing this. Found out the news of my good friend passing. I really don’t know how to express to the world what a funny, loving, smart! She was so fucking smart… to smart for her own good and talented young woman she was. Because her light was so big and so bright, she changed my life.”
“I know you are meant for bigger things then this world offered you. Visit me in my dreams queen I will be missing you and all your witty banter. Love love love you. Godspeed,” Maokler shared on Instagram.
Smith was also Miss Galveston County in 1994, and had featured in various shows and films.
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