Trailblazing model and campaigner Mama Cax dies, aged 30

Pioneering model and disability rights champion Mama Cax has died at the age of 30, her family have announced.

The Haitian-American, who lost her right leg to lung and bone cancer as a teenager, died on Monday after being taken ill on a trip to London.

She had posted on Instagram in recent weeks of her struggle with new health problems.

Mama Cax
Image:Cax had modelled for some of the biggest names in fashion, including Tommy Hilfiger

Pop star Rihanna was among those to pay tribute to the campaigner, who she hailed as a “queen, a force” and “a powerhouse beauty”.

“Rest in power sis”, the singer wrote on Twitter.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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