GoFundMe page set up for Miss Jamaica Universe funeral expenses

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miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgA GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anaemia at Memorial West Hospital in Miami yesterday morning.

The 30-year-old's death was confirmed by her mother, Andrea Hall, via social media.

Up to press time, US$9,360 was donated by 121 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Martin is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of British reggae band Steel Pulse. She represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.

She battled the illness since birth and took on sickle cell awareness as her platform during her reign.