Miss Universe 1995 Dead at 45

9/9/2018 7:15 AM PDT

Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith Dies at 45 After Battle with Cancer

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Chelsi Smith -- who took the crown of Miss USA in 1995 -- and went on to win Miss Universe has died. 

Shanna Moakler -- who was runner up to Smith in the 1995 Miss USA Pageant -- shared a tribute to the beauty queen after learning of her death, "I am heartbroken. Godspeed beautiful. You were my friend and a light. I love and will miss you more then you will ever know. The epitome of a Queen." 

Reports say Smith fought a battle with liver cancer before passing away.

Smith competed in her first pageant -- Miss Texas in 1994 -- and became the first biracial woman to win the pageant. 

In 1995, Smith traveled to Namibia to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant where she won the crown, becoming the first woman from the United States to do so in 15 years.

Smith was 45.

RIP