Mama Cax, Amputee Model and Disability Advocate, Passes Away at Only 30

The family of Mama Cax revealed she died following a week in the hospital. The model/advocate told fans days earlier that she was rushed to the ER due to severe pains. 

Model Mama Cax, an inspiring torchbearer for the disabled has passed away at the young age of 30. 

Mama Cax modelling for Chromat during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Mama Cax modelling for Chromat during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


Born Cacsmy Brutus, Cax reportedly spent a week in the hospital before she died. A statement on her Instagram account further revealed she died on December 16 and “fought her last days on earth.”

At 14, she battled an aggressive form of bone and lung cancer that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs. 

Less than a week before her death, Cax, a known blogger, disclosed that she was rushed to an ER in London while doing a photoshoot there. She experienced severe abdominal pain which turned out to be a result of blood clots in her leg, thigh, abdomen and in an area near her lungs. 

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At the time she updated her fans about her condition, she had already been released from the hospital. She said she had “lots of unanswered questions” but was experiencing less pain due to rest and blood thinners she was taking. 

Cax hoped to be back in the United States after Christmas explaining she couldn’t fly right away due to the risk of a pulmonary embolism.


Cax’s death is a blow to the industry which gained inspiration from her strength. At 14, she battled an aggressive form of bone and lung cancer that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs. 

This didn’t hinder her, though, from making waves in the runway. In fact, she became a hit because she bravely flaunted her prosthetic by decorating it with colorful designs.

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If Game Of Thrones had sparkles . Me looking at my crutches on the ground and out of frame knowing full well I can’t walk without them. 💁🏾‍♀️ . Many of my crutch user followers often ask about why I don’t photograph with my crutches? If I was ashamed of them? If I don’t use them all the time? Your questions shall be answered- In my early adult years, I was ashamed of them but not anymore, I use them full time except for when I’m home hopping to the fridge for snacks. They are rarely photographed because they are accessories sus 💁🏾‍♀️ can’t be seen with the same accessories in every pic. #mamacax #beckywiththeoneleg ______________________________________________

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In July, she told MSNBC that her interactions with people changed after she decided to proudly show off her prosthetic. This opened doors for the inclusion of the disabled and women of color in an industry that once had a limited concept of what a model should look like. 

Cax has been a force in the scene modeling for Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora and other fashion labels. Rihanna also enlisted her to grace her runway for her Savage X Fenty line. 

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As You all know I've been working with @tommyhilfiger for #TommyAdaptive for a year now and I’m always in awe as they're one of the very few brands making adaptive clothing. NOW I'm even more excited to tell you that Tommy Adaptive is available to shop on @amazonfashion . For those of you who don’t know adaptive clothing are clothes that allow people with disabilities to dress easier and faster with special designs, the help of magnets and Velcro in lieu of buttons and zipper- these are beneficial for those with prosthesis, limb differences or limited mobility. Head to the link in my story to view the collection! #Ad #AmazonFashion #mamacax ________________________________________________

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With the news of Cax’s death, the singer was one of the first to pay tribute describing the young model as “A queen. A force. A powerhouse beauty that brought her strength to the @savagexfenty stage.”

Other celebrities and beauty brands likewise tweeted their sadness over the loss of Cax who made a great impact while she was alive.


Meanwhile, Cax’s family acknowledges that her death would be felt globally but asked that they be given privacy at this time. They promised to provide further details about funeral arrangements in due time. 

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