Lifestyle icon B. Smith has passed away after a seven-yearbattle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 70. Her husband Dan Gasby confirmed the news via Facebook.
“It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith,” wrote Gasby. “B. died peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:50 pm, of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in our home in Long Island, New York. She was 70.
“Thank you to all the friends and fans who supported B. and our family during her journey. Thank you to everyone for respecting our privacy during this agonizing time,” he continued. “Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile.”
Smith became an advocate of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s after going public with her condition in 2014.
Before making headlines for her illness, B. Smith was a pioneer in the beauty and fashion industry, becoming one of the Black models to cover Mademoiselle Magazine in 1976. She went on to earn renown as a lifestyle maven with her syndicated series B. Smith With Style and magazine B. Smith Style and launched several furniture collections with Bed, Bath and Beyond, La-Z-Boy and Walmart.
She was also a famed restaurateur with two high-end soul food restaurants in New York and one in Washington D.C., as well as the author of three cookbooks. During the 1990s, she hosted her own syndicated show, B. Smith With Style and released her own magazine, B. Smith Style. Smith also went on to have her own furniture line and a collection at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Prayers and condolences to her family and friends.