Ex-Miss Pakistan World, Miss Earth Contestant Zanib Naveed Dies at 32

December 5, 2019 Updated: December 5, 2019
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Former Miss Pakistan World and Miss Earth contestant Zanib Naveed died in a single-car accident in Maryland, it was reported. She was 32.

Maryland State Police stated in a press release that the crash took place Sunday night at around 11:40 p.m. local time on Baltimore Avenue (Route 1).

Naveed, of Pomona, New York, was driving a 2018 Mercedes CL2 when she lost control of the car. Officials said was trying to take the southbound curve to Route 1, struck the curb, and overturned onto the northbound lanes of Route 1.

Naveed was ejected from her car as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No other vehicles were involved.

Police have determined that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

She competed in the 2012 Miss Pakistan World pageant in Toronto, Canada, according to People magazine. She became the 10th person to be awarded the title before competing in the Miss Earth beauty pageant in the Philippines that same year.

Ali-Haider Shah, her husband, said on social media that his “heart is shattered” after her death.

“i cant find u my love …. hv been screaming ur name out… ur always active on social media… so plzzz reply me back ….. plz come backkkkkkk u cant leave my life and the world like this !!!!! Zanib Ali Haider please come back to me,” his Facebook post read. “why didnt god take me instead?”

Shah posted another picture on social media, showing him kissing the ground where she was buried.

“I will meet you there,” he wrote.

The current Miss Pakistan World, Sonia Ahmed, told People: “As the President of Miss Pakistan World, we gave Naveed an amazing platform to represent Pakistan internationally and hearing about her death is very upsetting to all of us. Being a beauty queen to a country like Pakistan where there have been no beauty pageants on the soil of Pakistan is a tough job.”

“Naveed along with other winners of Miss Pakistan World had a huge responsibility of carrying the title of a Muslim Nation,” she continued. “It is a very upsetting time and terrible news and we can all hope and pray that her family gets through this painful situation.”

A GoFundMe was started for her family after her death.

“Zanib was truly a force to be reckoned with, always standing by her beliefs. All who knew Zanib can attest to her strong will, always accomplishing her goals in life,” the page said. “She paved her own path to success, and had a promising future ahead of herself.”