Celebrity Restaurateur & Model, B. Smith, Dies at Age 70
The Heaven is Now Shining Brighter with the grace of B.’s unforgettable and dazzling smile”, says, Smith’s husband on 23rd February 2020.
The celebrity restaurateur and model Barbara Elaine Smith, professionally and popularly known as B. Smith, passed away on Saturday the 22nd Feb 2020 after struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Smith’s husband, Dab Gasby, announced the news on Facebook that she passed away at their home on Long Island, New York.
“The Heaven is Now Shining Brighter with the grace of B.’s unforgettable and dazzling smile”, says, Smith’s husband.
- Smith, 70, started her career as a model in the 60s and became one of the first African-American women on Mademoiselle’s cover, in July 1976. Smith developed her modeling profession by growing as a lifestyle guru, a restaurateur, and then a TV host.
Smith’s Bed, Bath & Beyond was a popular home goods line which made her the first African-American woman to own such line.
Fans, admirers, and celebrities mourned Smith’s death with huge load of tributes on Twitter, recalling the “Renaissance woman” for her work in getting over the barriers for black women in the country.
- Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013, at age 64, following the bouts of forgetfulness.
In 2016, Smith said on “TODAY” that she wanted to speak in public about her diagnosis to create awareness about the disease. She along with her husband co-wrote a book about living with Alzheimer’s: “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s.”
- and Gasby told AI Roker that they first discovered something was wrong during a Labor Day cooking segment when they appeared in “TODAY” when Smith couldn’t remember the name of an ingredient.
“I felt like this is different which had never happened to me”, Smith said at the time. “And so while I was thinking, ‘OK, what am I going to do about this?’ I kept trying to figure out what to do.”