Miss Alabama Zoe Bethel died about a week after she suffered brain injuries caused by an undisclosed accident, her family confirmed on Monday.
“On Friday, February 18, 2022, at approximately 5:30AM Eastern time in Miami, Florida, our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries,” her family wrote.
Bethel’s family members previously said online that she sustained “severe damage” to her brain after a Feb. 10 accident before she was placed in a coma. At the time, her family added that doctors were “saying the damage cannot be repaired & that she may not have much time left.”
Other details about her death or the accident were not provided.
“At this time of bereavement, effectual and fervent prayers are solicited for the family members, and the family asks that their privacy wishes be honored and respected. The family members sincerely appreciate all of the kind words and expressions of love for Zoe,” said her family in the post on Monday.
Other than being Miss Alabama, Bethel was a political commentator for Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), which often broadcasts former President Donald Trump’s speeches online.
“In loving memory of Zoe. Besides the fact that she was always incredibly stunning, I’ll always remember how convicted Zoe was in her faith in God, how dedicated she was to her beliefs in protecting life, and how much she cared for others. May she rest in peace,” RSBN editor-in-chief Grace Saldana said in a statement on Twitter.
She was also a spokeswoman for Students for Life America and was affiliated with Project Veritas.
“Our hearts are breaking over the news of Zoe Bethel’s unexpected passing. From choosing life during her own unexpected pregnancy to sharing her story & encouraging thousands of pro-life student leaders, she has always been a shining light and fierce advocate for life,” the organization wrote on Twitter.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Bethel’s family, raising more than $40,000 in donations.