Fans of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat and Heels are reeling after news of the death of Daisy Lewellyn began circulating on Friday. It’s hard to believe that the 36-year-old succumbed to liver cancer. The only small comfort to her loved ones is that she did a lot of living in her shortened years.
Once the editor of Essence magazine, Lewellyn released the book, Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less, & Look Your Best Ever, in 2010. She was then tapped to appear on Bravo’s reality show in 2014.
For those who may be unfamiliar, Blood, Sweat, and Tears is a docuseries that follows the lives of career-focused women trying to break into the workforce in New York City. Set across the five boroughs, the show uncovers the difficulties they face and highlight the importance of networking with their successful female friends. Along with style maven, Daisy Lewellyn, the cast includes real estate agent, Melyssa, modeling agency owner, Mica, blogger, Demetria, and style journalist, Geneva.
Lewellyn became a favorite with fans of the show because of her sense of humor, particularly after she revealed her battle with a rare form of liver cancer back in February 2015. Incredibly, she was diagnosed with the disease after makeup artists noticed an unusual coloring in her eyes. It seemed like her situation was improving and viewers even watched her celebrate the end of her radiation treatments during the Season 2 finale last year. Unfortunately, she would not recover.
From the beginning, Lewellyn was determined to fight. In March 2015, she said: ”I have cancer – cancer doesn’t have me. Every day comes with its challenges, but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating what I have in my life. I wanted to turn this tragedy into triumph by sharing my story in hopes that even one person could feel inspired.”
Her courage in the face of her own mortality was equally apparent. In a sit-down with Madame Noire she said that, while she would “like to stay on earth” she was “not afraid to die” but had accepted her fate and said: “If it’s my time to go, then I can say that I had a great life.” What a beautiful attitude.
It’s no surprise that fellow Bravo personality, Andy Cohen, had the following reaction to her passing: “I am just heartbroken about Daisy Lewellyn. What a wonderful spirit, force of life, & a great person. She lit up every room. Sad day… Daisy had such wonderful infectious energy. We were all rooting for her. Another good one is gone.”
Current Essence magazine editor-in-chief, Vanessa De Luca, echoed those sentiments and said: “She was sunny and warm, a breath of fresh air in springtime. You could not help but be swept away by her vivacious personality… I know her bright spirit will live on through all the lives she has touched.”
Bravo paid tribute to her by releasing the following statement on their website: ”We are devastated to learn that Daisy Lewellyn from Bravo’s Blood, Sweat & Heelshas 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 are expressed.”
Everyone should hope to leave such a mark on this world. It is clear that Daisy Lewellyn touched many lives and that she will be missed. May she rest in peace.
Check out this interview from last year where Daisy openly discusses her cancer battle.