“Blood, Sweat and Heels” star Daisy Lewellyn has passed away after fighting liver cancer at age 36.
The self-proclaimed “Queen of Effortless Chic” was known for finding budget-friendly fashionable items and making women feel good about themselves with style makeovers—even writing a book, “Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less & Look Your Best Ever,” a guide for those wanting to learn how to shop on a budget.
Lewellyn worked for ESSENCE as an accessories editor and held other editorship positions for Glamour magazine and InStyle magazine.
ESSENCE editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca released the following statement:
“Daisy’s name says it all: she was sunny and warm, a breath of fresh air in springtime. You could not help but be swept away by her vivacious personality. She worked for a time at Essence as our Accessories Editor, and her sense of style and understanding of the Essence woman definitely made its mark. Even after she moved on to other pursuits, she remained part of the Essence family. When I’d run into her during Fashion Week, she was always stunning, yet so down to earth and quick with a laugh or a hug. I will never forget her wide smile and graciousness. I know her bright spirit will live on through all the lives she has touched.”
The Los Angeles native was diagnosed with cancer last year, where viewers were able to get a glimpse into her fight with the deadly disease on the Bravo TV reality show, “Blood, Sweat and Heels.” In an interview with MadameNoire, Lewellyn discussed her mindset after her diagnosis.
“My first thoughts were really very calm. Really, my first reaction was, ‘Okay, how do we fix this?’ I’m a solution-based kind of girl. I’ve never really been the person to have something going on in my life that I wasn’t happy with and that thing not be fixed,” said Lewellyn. “I think that it was a bit surreal for like the first three months. I just really wanted to figure out how we could make this work and how we could change this so that I could live on forever.”
The New York transplant continued on to say, “But also when I was diagnosed, I remember some of my immediate thoughts being like, ‘Well you know what? I’m not afraid to die.’ It wasn’t like I wanted to die, well, if it’s my time to go, I’m okay with it. I’m not afraid to go to heaven, but I would like to stay on earth if I can. If it’s my time to go, then I can say that I had a great life.”
Castmates of “Blood, Sweat and Heels” mourned Lewellyn on social media.
Sending my prayers and condolences to the family of @daisylewellyn. May she rest comfortably in the hands of God. RIP you stylish beauty xo
— Brie Bythewood (@BrieBythewood) April 8, 2016
I literally dreamed of her last nite… perhaps it was as she was saying goodbye to all of us.… https://t.co/h3kD7fXc44
— Melyssa Ford (@MissMelyssaFord) April 8, 2016
— Arzo Anwar (@ArzoAnwar) April 8, 2016