Zandrea Bailey, Miss Jamaica Universe 2014 finalist has died after a long battle with lupus.

The 29 year-old Bailey died on Sunday (January 13) morning in a New York hospital where she was being treated for the ailment for several weeks now. Zandrea was diagnosed with Lupus back in 2012 and lost her mother to the illness in 2014, the same year she emerged as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica Universe pageant. In an interview that took place in 2017, Zandrea expressed that her father has been by her side throughout the ongoing battle. “He would sleep on my bed at nights to help me go to the bathroom,” she recounted. A friend of Zandrea, Jade McLaren opened about Zandrea’s battle saying,”About two weeks ago, her heart stopped for two minutes, and after some efforts, they finally got her back. That’s when we realized that sooner or later, it was going to happen, and God was preparing us for the inevitable.”

Though she placed sixth in the competition, Bailey left an impression on the minds and hearts of many with her vibrant personality and fervent drive to advocate for lupus awareness in Jamaica. On her mission, she established the Sydlyn Bailey Lupus Foundation in honor of her mother, who also died from the condition. Plans were afoot to get the foundation more active this year. “She used the foundation to reach out to other girls who also suffered from lupus. Some she helped financially, others just emotionally,” McLaren said. “She knew what they were going through, and she was able to help them by talking to them and letting them know they were not alone.”