February 23, 2020
Barbara "B." Smith, the acclaimed restaurateur and lifestyle guru has sadly passed away at the age of 70 after a long and hard battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Her death was revealed by her husband Dan Gasby, who took to his official Facebook page to thank all those who helped make his wife comfortable in her last few days.
A NEW STAR IN THE SKY
He also thanked all their friends and fans for supporting the family during Smith's journey, as well as for respecting their privacy during "this agonizing time."
According to Gasby, Smith drew her last breath on Saturday, February 22, at 10:50 pm Long Island, New York, and that Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with "B.'s dazzling and unforgettable smile."
WHEN WAS SMITH DIAGNOSED
It has been reported that the late 70-year-old was diagnosed with the debilitating disease back in 2013 after her husband started noticing changes in her mood and memory.
As described by the Alzheimer's Society, the disease is the most common cause of dementia and its symptoms include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
Years before compiling their wills, they discussed what they should do if either of them became incapacitated because they wanted each other to be happy
Since it's a progressive disease, the brain sustains more and more damage over time, which can lead to the appearance of more symptoms or make the existing ones worse.
In 2016, Gasby told People Magazine that caring for his wife was the toughest thing he had ever had to deal with:
"Anybody who is an Alzheimer’s caregiver knows exactly what other caregivers are going through. It’s 24/7. The complexity and the intensity of it is very tough.”
DATING WHILE MARRIED TO SMITH
Taking care of Smith must have taken a toll on Gasby because in 2018 he announced that he had found a new love in Alex Lerner, a Manhattan Chef.
According to Gasby, years before compiling their wills, they discussed what they should do if either of them became incapacitated because they wanted each other to be happy.