Remembering Fashion model Mama Cax

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The fashion industry lost an important role model just before Christmas who led the way for disabled people.

Mama Cax became an amputee after losing a leg to lung and bone cancer, she was an advocate for women with disabilities and women of colour in fashion.

The 30-year-old passed away on December 16 2019 when she fell ill during a shopping trip in London.

Mama’s passing was publically announced the following Friday by her family on the model’s Instagram social media handle.

They posted a statement which read: " 'It is with deep regret and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Cacsymy Brutus (Mama Cax)

'Mama Cax spent the past week in the hospital, and unfortunately, on Monday, December 16, 2019, she left this world.To say that Cax was a fighter would be an understatement.

"As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life's several challenges head on and successfully. It is with that same grit... that she fought her last days on earth.

'We are aware that this loss will be felt globally and will not be easy for anyone. We as that you please respect Cax's privacy in this difficult time. We will make information about funeral arrangements public once they are finalized.'

Mamma’s life was celebrated by celebrities including Rihanna who tweeted a photo of the model at her Savage x Fenty fashion show she held in September with the message: 'A queen. A force. A powerhouse beauty that brought her strength to the @savagexfenty stage this year inspiring so many across the globe. Rest In Power sis @mama_cax.'

Actress Jameela Jamil wrote: 'Rest in power you complete legend. It was an honour getting to know you, and witnessing your power and elegance. Love to your family,'

Model Nina Agdal added: 'Devastating.. To Cax’s family and loved ones my deepest condolences. Much love and prayers.'

'My beautiful friend, my beautiful, wonderful friend. My heart is broken,' commented plus-size star Tess Holliday.

In Mama’s final Instagram post she revealed she was taking blood thinners after doctors found several blood clots in her thigh, abdomen, leg and near her lung after she suffered abdominal pain during a photo shoot in London.

She told her followers: 'Y’all 2019 has been one of the best years for me, cannot deny it! But 2019 also tried to take me out,' she wrote. 'I was gearing up for a wonderful couple of weeks went from celebration an anniversary with bae in Serbia, flew to NY for a quick job then had a quick shoot in London before heading to L.A to celebrate a fruitful yearlong partnership with my #sephorasquad family.’

Describing what happened at the photo shoot Mama revealed she was rushed to an emergency room where her pain was dismissed as ‘inflammation’.

'The next morning it got worse, while barely conscious, I asked the hotel to call me an ambulance.

'They discovered that I had several blood clots in my leg, thigh, abdomen and near an IVC filter near my lungs (which is a medical device that prevents clots from entering the lungs.)

'Up until this emergency visit I had no idea I had such filter (which I assumed was placed there during my chemo days 14yrs ago) - nonetheless this filter saved my life,' she continued.

'Lots of unanswered questions which I’ll have to figure out once I’m back to the States but I’m finally out of the hospital, in less pain, resting and taking blood thinners.'

She signed off saying: 'Unfortunately flying puts me at risk of a pulmonary embolism therefore I’m stuck across the pond until after Christmas.’

Mama Cax appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and walked the catwalk during New York Fashion Week.