GLEYCY Correia’s ex-mentor has written a heartbreaking post after the former Miss Brazil tragically died following a tonsil operation.
The founder of the international beauty pageant Global Beauties said, after translation, “I feel that she is now in the arms of God.”
Correia, a 27-year-old from south-eastern Brazil, died on June 20 after the operation left her suffering “massive bleeding and a cardiac arrest”.
Correia passed away at a private clinic after spending more than two months in a coma after the surgery in April.
Henrique Fontes, a Brazil native who headed Global Beauties, took to Instagram to give his condolences.
“I felt comforted by this image,” Fontes wrote over a tragic post.
An illustrator created an image of Correia with Jesus in the wake of her tragic death at 27.
“I feel that she is now in the arms of God, supported in a better way,” Fontes said.
After spending 77 days in a coma, Correia sadly died on Monday.
The beauty queen had been crowned Miss United Continents Brazil and Miss Costa do Sol in 2018.
In a statement, Miss Brazil Official said: “Gleycy will always be remembered for her enlightened beauty, joy, and empathy.”
Pastor Jak Abreu, who knows Correia’s family, wrote on social media that her relatives believe that there was a mistake during the operation.
Her body was sent to the Forensic Medicine Institute of Macae for an autopsy.
“God chose this day to collect our princess,” said Abreu.
“We know the longing will be immense. But she will now be cheering the sky with her smile.
“To everyone who prayed, thank you very much. May the Lord reward every prayer of love and all these days together.
“She fulfilled her purpose and left her legacy of love in us.”
Correia was a social media star with more than 52,000 followers on Instagram.
After she fell into a coma, her page was taken over by relatives who used it to post prayers.
She often spoke about her humble beginnings, having been raised in poverty in Brazil.
The model worked her first job when she was just eight, taking a role as a manicurist at a beauty salon.
“We will never know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I really wasn’t born in a golden cradle. I’m from a very humble family, but I’m so proud of it, really proud.”
Family priest Lidiane Alves Oliveira said: “She had surgery to remove her tonsils and after five days at home, she had a hemorrhage.
“She went to Unimed and had a cardiac arrest on April 4 and since then she was in a coma, with no neurological activity.
“She passed away.”
Correia was set to be buried at 11.30am on June 21.