Damarys Ruiz, a former Miss Venezuela, died alone and homeless this week in a passing that is shocking people around the world. The past beauty queen certainly had impressive looks and brains, not only winning the coveted title of Miss Venezuela and earning a degree in law, but for the last 15 years, has been without a stable home or income. News Oxy shares this Sunday, May 24, 2015, that Ruiz was recently found dead on a park street; she reportedly lived a “poor” life of abuse that ultimately forced her to fend for herself.
At only age 68, one might expect a former beauty queen like Damarys Ruiz to be living a life of luxury or social influence. Yet the past Miss Venezuela has spent the last 15 years alone on the streets, and apparently had nowhere else to turn. In fact, no family members arrived to identify the elderly woman’s body following her passing this week. Her brother (whose identity has not been disclosed) has since stepped forward, though few details are available on this front at this time. The source’s inside report has revealed that Ruiz’s life was not an easy one; she suffered abuse and neglect from a family member, a harrowing experience that eventually left her homeless.
Decades ago, Ruiz skyrocketed to the center stage in the beauty pageant world for her curvaceous figure, pretty face, and keen mind. At age 26, in 1973, she participated in the Miss Venezuela contest, and eventually won the sparkling crown and title. Fast forward to the present, however, and those happy times are gone. Many have likely heard that one can die of a broken heart; some are thus claiming that the past Miss Venezuela passed away from just that this week.
According to Vagabond News, the impetus for Damarys Ruiz’s downfall into destitution was suffering she dealt with at the hands of her brother. Although the former Miss Venezuela initially had plans to pursue a law career, she instead found herself forced to sell junk jewelry on the streets after her sibling tortured her to the point of madness. Her only chance at sanity, she says, was escape.
Ruiz once shared with the press that she was unable to live a normal life or find a boyfriend because her brother was extremely “envious” of her success and forbade her from having any joy or freedom in her life. The poor woman, 68, said she never fully recovered from her brother’s torment and abuse. “He used to starve me. He often threatened me and often hit me. I repeatedly called the police but they never did anything,” the woman said during a publicized 2005 interview. She ultimately decided to flee her home and live on the streets.
There were no other family members willing to take her in at the time, notes the report. Seeing the former Miss Venezuela die with no one by her side might be tragedy enough for many readers, but the inside report states that at least Damarys Ruiz was away from her brother’s cruel ways. She since made the best of her difficult situation. Friend Rosalba Gomes, who says she became friends with the past beauty queen over the last two years in a popular local park, added that she has lived a life full of personal demons and serious depression. It has been an uphill battle, and she hopes that she has now found peace.
“I saw her two or three times in the week and I talked to her for long hours. Her life ended up with great depression, without receiving support from her family or friends. She couldn’t see any way to escape the trap she was in. She was a beautiful woman inside and outside. My cute little old lady. This lady was wonderful, educated and a great conversationalist. She was a lawyer and studied several years in the university and had opinions about everything.”