Former Miss Jamaica Dies From Sickle Cell Anemia at Age 30


By Victor Trammell

30-year-old Shakira Martin (pictured) was the former Miss Jamaica Universe.

According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the young, accomplished beauty queen passed away on Wednesday (August 3rd) at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Martin was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth.

Hospital officials were able to confirm that Martin’s cause of death came from complications she experienced due to blood clots she had on both lungs. Andrea Hall, Martin’s mother spoke to the Sun Sentinel in depth about her daughter’s sense of survival and grace despite living through her difficult and life-long battle with sickle cell anemia.

“She was never a slave to the disease, she was very proud, very resilient, she lived her life to the fullest,” Hall said.

“Nothing was impossible for her, she never allowed anything to stop her from trying. She was very funny, friendly, loved music, loved Beyonce,” she continued.

Shakira Martin was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 1, 1986. Martin’s family relocated to South Florida in 1989. All through her life, Martin took trips to the Carribean nation of Jamaica, which is where her mother was born. She enjoyed her yearly trips there and immensely enjoyed Jamaica’s culture.

Martin graduated from Nova High School in 2004, which is located Broward County, Florida. She attended Broward College after graduating and subsequently started working as a teacher at a daycare facility. In 2010, Martin competed in her first beauty pageant where she came in second.

Martin competed in the Miss Jamaica Universe pageant in 2011 after taking some great advice from a friend of hers. She won first place and continued her path toward fame and making a difference in her mother’s native country. During her rise to prominence, she did a huge amount of charity work for sick children in Jamaica’s hospitals.

Martin is survived by her father Alphonso Martin of England. She is also survived by one sister and two brothers.







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