B. Smith Passes Away at Age 70

On Saturday, February 22nd at the age of 70 years old, Barbara Elaine Smith succumbed to early onset Alzheimer's disease, which she has been battling with for a number of years. She passed on in her Long Island home with her family by her side.

Widely known as "B. Smith" and the "Black Martha Stewart", B. Smith was known for being a culinary genius, a model, actress, an author. Triple threat is obviously an understatement. In short, she was a lifestyle doyenne and an all-around entertainer.

B. Smith was the first brown-skinned black model that was featured on Mademoiselle magazine cover in the 1970s. She grabbed an opportunity through modeling agency Wilhelmina, and her acting career took off right after these events.

After a while, Smith developed an interest in restaurants. She developed a culinary empire that instantly took off. She came out with bestselling cookbooks, a lifestyle magazine, and a weekly television show that which encompassed both topics.

In 2013, Smith began showing signs of forgetfulness on a live episode of NBC's Today show while doing a culinary tutorial. She sought a physician's opinion soon after. Smith was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. She informed the public of this diagnosis a year later. As the years went by, the Alzheimer's progressed, resulting in her lack of engagement with her culinary career. Sadly, it would eventually result in the ending of her dear life.

B. Smith certainly embodied the values of hard work and dedication. She leaves behind a legacy full of distinction. May her soul rest in power.

- Nyle Paul
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