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Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 Finalist Zandrea Bailey, has passed away after battling lupus for the past five years. Zandrea passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 29. This beautiful fellow lupus warrior fought hard over the last 5 years after being diagnosed with lupus.
Zandrea Bailey- Lupus Warrior
She was diagnosed in 2012 with SLE. In an interview with Flair Magazine in 2017, she spoke on the intimate details of how her father would help her when she was struggling with lupus. “He would sleep on my bed at nights to help me go to the bathroom,” she said.
Zandrea Bailey knew all too well the devastating toll lupus could have on her family long before her own diagnosis. Bailey’s mother also suffered from lupus and sadly passed away in 2014 while Zandrea was a finalist in the Miss Universe Pageant.
Zandrea used her platform to help others and to spread much needed awareness for lupus. She truly was a hero to the lupus community.
In 2014, Zandrea was featured in the Jamaica Gleaner Youtube special:
Living with lupus: Miss Universe Jamaica finalist tells all
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zandrea Bailey’s friends and family. As part of the lupus community, we sincerely hope Zandrea is now at peace and pain free. The lupus community will forever be grateful for the inspiring and courageous story and beautiful life of Zandrea Bailey. We will never forget the lengths she went to help others suffering from SLE while also battling this horrible disease. Zandrea Bailey, you are a lupus warrior and we will never forget you. Rest in Peace beautiful butterfly.