Zoe Sozo Bethel, Miss Alabama 2021 and a conservative commentator, died after being in a coma for eight days after an accident.
While social media posts claimed the beauty queen was in a “tragic car accident” her family would only confirm that she had been in an accident on February 10th, and suffered severe damage to her brain and brain stem that had left her in a coma.
“Unfortunately the doctors are saying the damage cannot be repaired & that she may not have much time left,” they shared on Instagram. “We are praying for God’s will to be done, regardless of what that may look like.”
Over a week later, her family broke the news that Bethel. 27, had succumbed to her injuries on February 18th in Miami, Florida.
“Zoe touched the hearts of many people and was actively affiliated with several organizations and groups namely, she was the current Miss Alabama (for America Strong), a political commentator for RSBN, a Brand Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and Liberty University’s Falkirk Center,” they stated.
Bethel was also a spokeswoman for Students for Life and Project Veritas.
“I’m shocked and saddened by the death of such a wonderful young lady,” wrote conservative speaker Brandon Tatum. “[She] was such a bright spot in every room she entered. She was beautiful inside and out.”
Turning Point USA posted a memorial tribute to the pageant star on Youtube.
Miss Alabama Zoe Sozo Bethel, 27, a deeply religious beauty pageant contestant and conservative commentator, died Friday in Miami of head injuries that she sustained in a mysterious accident, her family announced on social media. RIP pic.twitter.com/9jS83kcJ2u
— Ron Milner (@RonMilnerBoodle) February 22, 2022
“We are so honored to have known Zoe Sozo Bethel. She has been a pillar in the Conservative movement, always moving with grace, elegance and wisdom,” they captioned the video. “She has inspired many, and her legacy will continue to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere.”