Beauty queen, 27, dies days after tragic accident: 'Very traumatising'

A political commentator, 27, who was crowned Miss Alabama just last year has died days after being involved in an accident.

Zoe Sozo Bethel succumbed to her injuries on Friday in Miami, Florida, her family announced on Sunday (local time) in an emotional Instagram post.

Ms Bethel's family had previously revealed the 27-year-old was involved in an unspecified accident on February 10, leaving her with severe damage to her brain and brainstem.

Miss Alabama 2021 Zoe Sozo Bethel smiling and wearing her crown.
Miss Alabama 2021 Zoe Sozo Bethel died on Friday after being involved in an accident. Source: Instagram/zosobe

"This has been an abrupt and very traumatising situation for our family and we can imagine how much of a shock this will also be for everyone who knows and cares for her," they said in an Instagram post at the time of the incident.

A GoFundMe was set up to help the family cover medical expenses after the pageant winner underwent several surgeries in an effort to save her life. Ms Bethel did not have medical insurance, the fundraiser explained.

Eight days later, the 27-year-old's family confirmed she had died from her injuries.

Ms Bethel had "touched the hearts of many people" during her short life and was actively involved in many organisations and groups, they said.

Zoé Bethel holding a microphone in front of a large crowd.
Zoé Bethel succumbed to her injuries on Friday. Source: GoFundMe

In addition to being named Miss Alabama in the Miss for America Strong pageant, she was also a political commentator for RSBN and was involved with Turning Point USA, Students for Life and Project Veritas.

Conservative organisation Turning Point USA paid tribute to Ms Bethel on Instagram.

"She has been a pillar in the Conservative movement, always moving with grace, elegance and wisdom," the nonprofit said.

"She has inspired many, and her legacy will continue to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere."

The news of Ms Bethel's death comes less than a month after Cheslie Kryst, a former Miss USA winner, died.

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