B. Smith, whose full name was Barbara Elaine Smith, has passed away at the age of 70 due to early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Smith was a groundbreaking force in entertainment with a modeling career that broke racial barriers and a lifestyle brand that inspired a generation of women.
Her husband, Dan Gasby, announced on Facebook:
It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith. 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.
I previously reported on Dan Gasby’s unique relationship with his girlfriend, who helped him care for his wife, B. Smith, in her final years.
I will be following up on this story and providing an update on the unique situation with B. Smith, her husband Dan, and his girlfriend as soon as more details emerge regarding B. Smith’s passing.