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Amber-Lee Friis, Miss Universe New Zealand, died at the age of 23.

MISS UNIVERSE NEW ZEALAND – Beauty queen and Miss Universe New Zealand finalist Amber-Lee Friis died at 23 and here’s why.

Former New Zealand’s finalist for Miss Universe, Amber-Lee Friis died suddenly on May 18 and many people got broken after losing an angel. She is an up-and-coming runway model and was a finalist in the said prestigious pageant last 2018. She is just 23 years old.

Miss Universe New Zealand
Photo lifted from Daily Mail UK

According to a report from the Daily Mail UK, she took her own life. She died almost a month after her beloved ‘second mother’ Kirsten Olason passed away. Before her death, she was struggling with her fashion business due to coronavirus and spent two months being under a strict lockdown.

She was cremated at Waikumete Cemetery on Monday, and even before, she was vocal about being bullied as a teenager because of her tanned skin and slanted eyes. And her close friends who paid tribute for said that she is ‘feisty’ and ‘beautiful soul’.

Her partner, Lane Conroy, was heart broken in losing his soul mate. They met eight years ago through their mutual friends and shared a home in Massey, West Auckland.

Miss Universe New Zealand
Photo lifted from Daily Mail UK

Miss World New Zealand CEO Nigel Godfrey said that she is  ‘feisty’, ‘genuine’, and said ‘her heart was most definitely in the right place’. He added, “When she came to us, she was incredibly honest about her background and her upbringing and the challenges she had gone through. And that’s what made her in our eyes somebody who would really benefit from the journey – and she did.”

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