Miss Alabama died after plummeting from 7th storey flat, authorities say

A Miss Alabama beauty queen died after plummeting from a seventh-storey condo, authorities have said.

Zoe Sozo Bethel, who was 27 when she died, was thought to be attempting suicide when she suffered the deadly fall on February 10 in Miami.

She sustained devastating injuries before dying on Friday, February 18.

Family members announced her death while sharing photographs of Zoe in an emotional social media post as they said she had been involved in an "accident on February 10."

The tribute said the young woman who had “touched the hearts of many” had "passed from this life into the next" just days after they confirmed she was in a coma.

“At this time of bereavement, effectual and fervent prayers are solicited for the family members, and the family asks that their privacy wishes be honoured and respected,” Zoe’s family wrote.

“The family members sincerely appreciate all of the kind words and expressions of love for Zoe.”

The family did not specify what sort of accident Zoe was involved in.

A spokesman for the Miami Police Department confirmed to Mail Online that the incident is being treated as an apparent suicide attempt.

The family had also set up a fundraising page to go towards Zoe's medical bills.

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It is likely the $41,000 (£30,000) raised will go towards her daughter following news of Zoe's death. It will also go towards funeral expenses.

"I met Zoe at youth camp about 15 years ago. She was such a joy to be around and always stood for her beliefs. I have nothing but respect for her, and the world is worse without her," wrote one person on the Go Fund Me page after news of the model's death.

Another person wrote: "Zoe is inspiring. Her faith, her boldness, her beauty. I wish to be more like her. My heart is with you all, we send you so much love. I wish I could do more."

Funeral arrangements are still being planned.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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