After the devastating news revealed that the model and activist Mama Cax had passed away at the age of 30, Rihanna turned to Instagram to honor her friend and share her pain with her 77 million followers.
"A queen. A force. A powerful beauty that brought her strength to the @savagexfenty stage this year inspiring many around the world. Rest In Power sis ✊🏿😢 @mamacax," Rihanna wrote in the caption of a photo she published about Mama Cax.
The model, whose real name was Cacsmy Brutus, died on December 16 after spending a week in the hospital. Her family shared the heartbreaking news "with deep regret and immense sadness,quot; on the model's Instagram page, and said she kept fighting until her last breath.
They wrote that calling Cax a fighter is falling short. And, as a cancer survivor, he got used to taking on the challenges of life head on and successfully. His family said they knew that Cax's death would feel worldwide and that it wouldn't be easy, but they asked fans to respect the model's privacy. They also said they would share the model's funeral arrangements once they were finalized.
Rihanna was not the only celebrity who honored Mama Cax on social media. The Iskra Lawrence model wrote that there were no words to express how grateful she is for the existence of Cax, and that the world was graceful with her positivity, wisdom and love.
Lawrence said it was an honor to meet Mama Cax, and that she will always appreciate the memories of her friendship.
With a broken heart. Thank you for shining your spirit always with us. @MamaCax. Pushing the limits and motivating, you were a defender of truth and freedom in all spaces. Life is so precious. https://t.co/g8qVfM6GHj
– Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) December 21, 2019
Illustrated Sports Model Nina Agdal described the news of Mama Cax's death as "devastating," and sent her family love and prayers.
Actress Jameela Jamil described Cax as "the most extraordinary role model,quot;, cancer survivor, model, amputee and activist. Jamil also said that the NHS with insufficient funds sent Cax home twice prematurely and she died in her hotel room.
"This happens so often now in the United Kingdom, especially black girls," Jamil wrote on Twitter.
Mama Cax used a prosthetic leg and performed the first White House fashion show in 2016. She was not only a beautiful model, but also an advocate for inclusion in the fashion industry.
Mama Cax's family has not yet revealed the funeral arrangements.