After the devastating news of the disappearance of the model and activist Mama Cax at the age of 30, Rihanna went on Instagram to honor her friend and share her grief with her 77 million followers.
“A queen. A strength. A powerful beauty that has brought her strength to the @savagexfenty scene this year, inspiring so many people around the world. Rest In Power sis ✊???????? @mamacax,” Rihanna wrote in the legend a photo she posted of Mama Cax.
The model – whose real name was Cacsmy Brutus – died on December 16 after spending a week in hospital. Her family shared the heartbreaking news “with deep regret and immense sadness” on the model’s Instagram page, and they said she kept fighting until her last breath.
They wrote that calling Cax a fighter is an understatement. And, as a cancer survivor, she got used to the challenges of life head-on and successfully. Her family said they knew Cax’s death would be felt around the world and wouldn’t be easy, but they asked her fans to respect the model’s privacy. They also said they would share the funeral arrangements for the model once finalized.
Rihanna was not the only celebrity to honor Mama Cax on social media. Model Iskra Lawrence wrote that there were no words to express how grateful she was for Cax’s existence, and that the world was honored with her positivity, wisdom and love.
Lawrence said it was an honor to know Mama Cax and that she would always cherish the memories of their friendship.
Sorry. Thanks for shining your mind on us always @MamaCax. Pushing the envelope and motivating, you were a defender of truth and freedom in every space. Life is so precious. https://t.co/g8qVfM6GHj
– Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) December 21, 2019
Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal called the news of Mama Cax’s death “devastating,” and she sent her love and prayers to her family.
Acress Jameela Jamil described Cax as “the most extraordinary model” who was a cancer survivor, a model, an amputee and an activist. Jamil also said that the underfunded NHS had sent Cax home twice prematurely and that she died in her hotel room.
“It happens so often now in the UK, especially for young black women,” Jamil wrote on Twitter.
Mama Cax used a prosthetic leg and participated in the very first White House fashion show in 2016. Not only was she a beautiful model, but she was also a strong advocate of inclusiveness in the fashion industry .
Mama Cax’s family has yet to reveal the funeral arrangements.