Former Miss Venezuela dies of cancer at 28

In this photo taken on Sept. 9, 2000, Eva Ekvall reacts after winning the Miss Venezuela 2000 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.  Ekvall, whose struggle with breast cancer was closely followed by Venezuelans, has died at age 28. Her family said Ekvall died Saturday Dec. 17 at a hospital in Houston.  Ekvall was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2000, and the following year she was third runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico. She went on to work as a model, actress and television news anchor. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, whose struggle with breast cancer was closely followed by Venezuelans, has died at age 28. Ekvall was crowned Miss Venezuela at age 17 in 2000, and the following year she was third runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico.

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