B. Smith real name Barbara Elaine Smith, a groundbreaking model, restaurant owner and lifestyle guru, died Saturday night … according to her husband.
Dan Gasby announced her death, saying, “It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith.” He says she passed peacefully at 10:50 PM Saturday at their home on Long Island after having battled Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.
B. started her career in the 1960s as a model who was signed to Wilhelmina modelling agency. In 1976, she became the first black woman featured on a cover of Mademoiselle.
She went on to open 3 of her popular B. Smith restaurants in New York City, on Long Island and also in Washington, D.C.
B. Smith landed her own cooking and lifestyle show in 1997 when “B. Smith with Style” debuted.
She and Dan married in 1992 and she became a stepmother to his daughter from a previous relationship.
B. was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. You might recall, Dan faced some criticism in 2018 when he went public with the fact he had a girlfriend who was living with him and helping care for his ailing wife.
Dan thanked the hospice caregivers who “helped us make B. comfortable in her final days.” He added, “Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile.”
B. Smith was 70, may her soul rest in peace.
In Other News – South Korea raises alert to highest level of coronavirus cases
South Korea raised its disease alert to the highest level on Sunday after a surge in coronavirus infections and two more deaths, while China state media warned the outbreak there had yet to reach a turning point despite some signs of easing.
South Korea’s president said he was putting the country on “red alert” due to the rapid rise in new cases, which are largely being traced back to church services. Health officials reported 169 new infections, bringing the total to 602, having doubled from Friday to Saturday.
The escalation in the alert level allows the government to send extra resources to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, which were designated “special care zones” on Friday.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said it also enables the government to forcibly prevent public activities and order the temporary closure of schools, though the government gave no immediate details on what steps could be taken. Continue Reading