Miss Alabama Zoe Sozo Bethel, a deeply religious beauty pageant contestant and conservative commentator, died Friday in Miami of head injuries that she sustained in a mysterious accident, her family announced on social media.
‘Our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries,’ her family wrote on Facebook.
Bethel, 27, represented the Cotton State in the Miss for America Strong pageant, which honors single women.
She was also a political commentator for RBSN, a conservative media company known for covering former President Donald Trump’s rallies, according to her family.
According to the family’s social media posts, Bethel suffered ‘severe damage to her brain / brainstem’ on February 10 in an unspecified accident in Miami. She was in a coma until February 18 before she passed away.
The family has not revealed what type of accident caused the injuries and the Miami police have not provided any details.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Miami Police Department for comment.
Miss Alabama Zoe Sozo Bethel, 27, died of head injuries suffered a week earlier
Zoe Sozo Bethel, shown with Donald Trump Jr., was a political commentator for RBSN, a conservative media company
‘Zoe touched the hearts of many people,’ the family posted on social media.
A message posted on February 14 said that ‘unfortunately the doctors are saying the damage cannot be repaired & that she may not have much time left.’
Bethel had also worked for the anti-abortion group Students for Life and Project Veritas, the right wing organization that aims to show liberal bias in media reporting.
‘Today we are praying for VICTORY for those without a voice in overturning Roe vs Wade,’ she posted on Facebook from the Supreme Court building during arguments over a Mississippi law limiting abortion to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The issue was very personal to her.
‘I decided to choose life over terminating the innocent life God blessed me with (My daughter),’ she wrote on social media. ‘No matter how bad the situation may be, choosing LIFE is always the right choice.’
Her smile lights up her Instagram page, which usually shows her dressed to the hilt, sometimes in a form-fitting gold lame evening dress, other shots show her casual side in a stylish saffron frock sitting by a river bank.
She also worked for the anti-abortion group Students for Life and Project Veritas, the right-wing organization that aims to show liberal bias in media reporting
Miss Alabama Zoe Sozo Bethel, 27, a deeply religious beauty pageant contestant and conservative commentator, died Friday in Miami of head injuries that she sustained in a mysterious accident
A video on her Facebook tribute has her striding through a pine tree grove in a white dress and boots, flashing her mega-watt smile and waving a large read banner that says ‘Jesus is Kind.’
The 27-year-old beauty seemed ready to take on the world for her conservative beliefs.
She was reported to have been fired in 2018 from a modeling gig for her beliefs.
Atlanta-based Ursula Wiedmann Models sent an email to Bethel telling her that they would no longer work with her because of her ‘racist political connections,’ according to Fox News.
Bethel told Fox that it was because she posted a photo of herself with Donald Trump Jr.
Wiedmann confirmed the email to Fox, but said Bethel was not on contract.
Bethel suffered ‘severe damage to her brain / brainstem’ on February 10 in an unknown accident in Miami. She was in a coma until February 18 when she passed away
‘We work in a diverse industry and we do not tolerate intolerance of any kind,’ Wiedmann said in a statement. ‘We wish her the best of lei in her future endeavors di lei.’
Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst, 30, was found dead on Sunday morning after jumping from a New York City skyscraper
Bethel’s family said that they were stunned by the suddenness of her death.
‘This has been an abrupt & very traumatizing situation for our family, & we can imagine how much of a shock this will also be to everyone who knows & cares for her,’ they wrote on Facebook.
The family is accepting donations to cover Bethel’s funeral costs through a GoFundMe page.
Burial arrangements are still being planned.
This is the second beauty queen to die this year.
Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, 30, leaped to her death from a 60-story New York City high-rise in January.