The Heartbreaking Death Of Miss Alabama Zoe Bethel

Zoe Bethel, who was crowned Miss Alabama in the America Strong 2021 pageant, has died at the age of 27. Her death — which occurred on February 18 — was confirmed by her family in a February 21 post on Instagram, who shared that the pageant star died as a result of damage sustained in an accident.

"Our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries," the post confirming Bethel's death read. "Zoe touched the hearts of many people. The family members sincerely appreciate all of the kind words and expressions of love for Zoe."

According to E! News, no further details have been provided by Miami, Florida authorities regarding Bethel's death, but the family did reveal that the damage she sustained was significant. The beauty pageant winner reportedly suffered severe damage to both her brain and brain stem, and was in a coma as a result of the accident.

Following the news of Bethel's tragic death, heartfelt tribute messages appeared on Twitter. Friend and journalist Brittany Martinez shared a touching memory of Bethel. "I met up with her for sushi a few weeks ago and she just radiated beauty and kindness. She even brought me flowers, just because," Martinez wrote. Bethel's employer, RSBN, tweeted, "Zoe was a beautiful girl who had a big heart for standing for what is right. She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace, Zoe."

Zoe Bethel was a political commentator and mom

A former model, Zoe Bethel was known for her work as a conservative commentator for RSBN and a brand ambassador for Turning Point USA (per People). In addition, Bethel had been working as an executive producer and brand ambassador for Miss Liberty America, a reality show that is currently in development. Bethel was also a single mother to her young daughter, Jessivana, who she had from a previous relationship, as noted by ABTC

After her death was announced, a GoFundMe page in Bethel's honor was set up to cover pending expenses. With 896 donations as of publication, over $46,000 has been raised to help cover Bethel's medical and funeral costs, as well as to support her daughter. The GoFundMe page details that Bethel did not have medical insurance.

In their tribute to the fallen star, Miss Liberty America wrote on their site, "Zoe's light was as bright as a thousand suns." Bethel's Miss Liberty biography pays tribute to her faith and moral convictions, as well as to her desire to inspire young people and promote free speech. To pay tribute to Bethel, Miss Liberty America created an award in her name "in honor of her American Elegance." "Rest in Peace Sunshine," their tribute concluded. "The world was better with Zoe in it."