2 Million Dollars Raised to Fund Former Miss Jamaica Universe's Funeral Expenses

A GoFundMe account on Facebook to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, has already earned more than half of the targeted amount.

In two days, US$18,356 was donated by 240 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anemia at the Memorial West Hospital in Miami on Tuesday, is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of the British reggae band Steel Pulse.

Early this week former Miss Jamaica Universe Shakira Martin had lost her battle to sickle cell.

The former beauty queen reportedly died at a hospital in Florida last night due to complications with the disease. She was 30 years old.

Andrea Hall, Martin’s mother, confirmed her death this morning (Wed) in a social media post.

Martin had been on life support after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anaemia.

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