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Amber-Lee Friis, the beauty queen who later became a finalist in the Miss Universe New Zealand contest, died on Monday. She was 23 years old.
Miss World New Zealand CEO Nigel Godfrey confirmed Friis’ death in a Facebook article posted on Tuesday.
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Amber-Lee Friis Age
She was 23 years old.
“The world is smaller without it,” wrote Godfrey. “She had so much more to give and it is a terrible tragedy that she was not there to realize her unlimited potential. RIP Amber Lee, you left us far too early.”
Godfrey remembered what made Friis so special and called him “a force to be reckoned with”.
“She was alive, certainly did not take prisoners, but she was a beautiful soul and you knew 100% what you had,” he added. “She was real, honest and had an energy that few others have. Her heart was definitely in the right place.”
“We loved and respected her and we were very proud to call her a friend long after the competition ended,” said Godfrey. “Amber Lee has made her life and experience with us an incredibly positive force forever. In the years since she has been loyal and supportive, we have valued her above all.”
Amber-Lee Friis Death Cause
At this point, it is unknown how Friis died.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the New Zealand police agency confirmed that it had responded to a “sudden death” on May 18 and that the death had been disclosed to the medical examiner.
Amber-Lee Friis finalists in the 2018 Miss Universe New Zealand contest
Auckland native Friis was one of the finalists in the 2018 Miss Universe New Zealand contest, according to her Facebook page.
The performance was a milestone for the young model, who struggled with her self-confidence for years after being tanned by her classmates for her brown eyes and skin, NZ Stuff reported.
“I remember a night sitting in my room thinking about the hardships of life. At a young age, you can feel the world hanging over your shoulders,” she told the store in 2018. “J “had a negative attitude towards everything. I was an angry, fat old lady myself, but I thought: I don’t want to be like that.”
Friis said her 18th birthday was a turning point when she decided to set goals, save money and exercise, according to NZ Stuff.
Eventually, she was contacted by someone who worked with the Miss Universe NZ competition and later became one of the 20 finalists who fought for the crown.
“I was like a lost sheep before I started writing goals and focusing on what I wanted to do. I felt stuck and helpless. No one should ever feel that,” she told NZ Stuff . “I want to help young girls reach their potential and plan their lives to achieve it.”
Grief on social networks
After the devastating news, many who knew Friis expressed their grief on social networks.
“We are deeply saddened to recognize the sudden death of a beautiful and talented Wahine Amber-Lee Friis,” wrote The Talent Tree, an Auckland-based agency that once represented Friis.
“Amber-Lee was one of our original models for The Talent Tree and a 2018 Miss Universe NZ (Miss World New Zealand) finalist,” the agency continued. “Our sincere Aroha and our condolences to the family and friends of Amber-Lee. Belle dame de R.I.P”
Miss World New Zealand also wrote on her Facebook page: “Our sincere condolences to the friends and Whānau of Amber-Lee Friis we just heard from The Talent Tree have passed. Continue to shine, Amber-Lee, exactly how we remembered you. “