B. Smith dies after Alzheimer’s fight; lifestyle guru, model was 70

B. Smith, the influential lifestyle guru and restaurateur who began her career as a model, has died after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

B. Smith, a person of the country’s first high-profile black models who went on to turn out to be an author, restaurateur and way of life maven, has died following a 7-12 months battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 70. 

Dan Gasby, Smith’s husband and caretaker, confirmed to Usa Right now that she died Saturday at home in Very long Island, New York, in a statement provided by agent Jennifer Maguire. 

“It is with excellent sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith,” Gasby wrote, thanking physicians, caretakers, good friends and admirers who “assisted us make B. snug in her last days. … Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s stunning and unforgettable smile.” 

Smith started her profession as a model with the Wilhemina agency prior to heading on to host the syndicated television present “B. Smith With Design and style,” a 50 percent-hour exhibit about residence decorating and cooking. She owned 3 eating places, all named “B. Smith,” wrote a few cookbooks and introduced quite a few lines of dwelling items, like traces at Bed Bath & Past, La-Z-Boy and Walmart.  

Her celeb friends and admirers mourned on social media as the information unfold Sunday.

“The class. The grace. The style,” director Ava DuVernay tweeted. “#BSmith was a single-of-a-sort.” 

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