Tamron Hall Honors the Life & Legacy of Restaurateur Barbara B Smith after Her Death at 70

Tamron Hall pays tribute to B. Smith after the model, restaurateur, and cookbook author passed away at age 70. 

Tamron Hall joins the list of celebrities who paid respects to B. Smith after her sudden passing over the weekend. Hall made sure to share on both Instagram and Twitter about B. Smith, talking about her "legendary life and legacy." 

Barbara Elaine Smith, known professionally as B. Smith, passed away on Saturday after struggling with Alzheimer's disease. Her husband, Dan Gasby, confirmed her death through a statement. 

Smith began as a model before becoming a lifestyle guru, a restaurateur, and a TV host.

B. Smith attends the Cougartini Launch at B. Smith's Restaurant in New York | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

B. Smith attends the Cougartini Launch at B. Smith's Restaurant in New York | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

REMEMBERING B. SMITH'S CAREER

B. Smith broke many barriers for African-American women, becoming the first Black woman to don Mademoiselle's cover in 1976. After her entrepreneurial ideas were discovered by retail giant Bed, Bath & Beyond, she also became the first African-American woman to have her product line be sold at a nationwide retailer. 

After Audrey Washington shared a tweet of what B. Smith did for people, Tamron Hall made sure to repost it, saying that all of the things written about Smith were true. 

CELEBRITIES PAY THEIR RESPECTS

Other celebrities who paid their respects include Al Roker, Ava DuVernay, and Tenikka Smith Hughes, who all spoke about the colorful life that Smith had lived, going from modeling to beyond. Smith began as a model before becoming a lifestyle guru, a restaurateur, and a TV host. She also ventured into writing, having wrote cookbooks and a book about living with Alzheimer's. 

B. Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease when she was 64, back in 2013. In 2016, she decided to co-write a book with her husband Dan Gasby about living with the disease, calling it "Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's."

BIDDING HER ONE LAST GOODBYE

Following her death, she is survived by her husband and stepdaughter, Dana. Her husband made sure to bid her one last goodbye through a lengthy Facebook post, saying:

"Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.'s dazzling and unforgettable smile."

Rest In Peace, B. Smith. 

Related posts
Getty Images
Relationship Dec 11, 2019
Anna Nicole Smith Was Married Twice and Had Two Children before Her Tragic Death at 39
Getty Images
Relationship Nov 17, 2019
Anna Nicole Smith's Turbulent Life before It Was Tragically Cut Short at 39
instagram.com/patsmithty
Celebs Jan 09, 2020
The Life of Martin Lawrence’s First Wife Patricia 22 Years after Their Divorce
Getty Images
TV Jun 17, 2020
Tamron Hall's Husband Steven Greener — Everything We Know about the Music Executive