Reality star, author and editor Daisy Lewellyn has died, Page Six has learned. The star of Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” and former editor at Essence magazine had been battling a rare form of liver cancer.
Lewellyn had revealed that she had the illness in the trailer for the second season of the show in February 2015.
The following month, she told website Madame Noire that she was diagnosed two years ago at 34 with stage three cancer of the bile ducts.
“It was kind of shocking. But also when I was diagnosed, I remember some of my immediate thoughts being like, ‘Well, you know what? I’m not afraid to die,’” she told the site. “It wasn’t like I wanted to die and it wasn’t like I didn’t want to live because I absolutely love my life and I’ve always loved my life, but they told me it was stage three cancer. I was like, ‘Well, if it’s my time to go, I’m okay with it.’”
She added, “But then I had to start thinking about other people in my life and it’s not that easy just to decide just like that. I realized that it was hard for my family and my friends. I’m not afraid to go to heaven, but I would like to stay on Earth if I can. If it’s my time to go, then I can say that I had a great life.”
Lewellyn billed herself as “the queen of effortless chic” and wrote a book called “Never Pay Retail: Shop Smart, Spend Less & Look Your Best Ever,” published in 2010.
She served as the accessories editor at Essence from 2006 to 2007. The magazine confirmed the news on its website, saying, “Daisy Lewellyn has sadly lost her battle to cancer at age 36. As someone who was a friend, constant source of inspiration and considered a life-long member of the ESSENCE family, we are deeply saddened by this news.”
A spokesperson for Bravo told us, “We are devastated to learn that Daisy Lewellyn from Bravo’s ‘Blood, Sweat & Heels’ has passed away this morning after a battle with a rare form of cancer. Daisy passed on in peace and filled with joy, surrounded by her family and friends. We are all saddened to lose this wonderful woman. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy is expressed.”