Eva Ekvall had struggled with breast cancer for nearly two years.
She died Saturday at a Houston hospital.
Winner of Miss Venezuela in 2000, she was third runner up in Miss Universe 2001.
Ekvall chronicled her fight with cancer in a book, Fuera de Foco, which included photos of her trials.
She will be surely missed. Evkall was 28 years old.
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