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Former Miss Brazil Dies at 27 after Failed Surgery

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Former Miss Brazil Gleycy Correia died at the age of 27 after suffering a brain haemorrhage and a heart attack following a tonsillectomy.

Media outlets reported that Correia, who was crowned Miss Costa do Sol and Miss United Continents Brazil in 2018, died after removing the tonsils to treat breathing problems that interfere with sleep and sometimes recurring infections. She never recovered consciousness.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” family pastor Lidiane Alves told The Washington Post. “She was an amazing woman and much loved by everyone. It won’t be easy to live without her smile and shine.”

Correia, a model, beautician and influencer, was born in Macaé, a city on Brazil’s Atlantic coast 120 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, she worked from an early age.

“We will never know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice,” she wrote in one Instagram post, according to the Daily Mail. “I really wasn’t born in a golden cradle, I’m from a very humble family, but I’m so proud of it, really proud.”

The beauty queen was buried Tuesday surrounded by family and friends.

“God chose this day to collect our princess,” wrote Pastor Jak Abreu, a family friend. “We know that she will be greatly missed, but she will now be brightening the sky with her smile. She fulfilled her purpose and left her legacy of love in us!”

She was known for working on social projects at her church, especially one focused on helping women affected by breast cancer.

“Gleycy will always be remembered for her enlightened beauty, joy and empathy shown in her work,” Brazil’s National Beauty Pageant wrote on Instagram.

“My heart is in pieces,” Alves wrote. “That smile I received every end of the service with a hug and an I love you, beautiful pastor.”

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