Miss Alabama Zoe Sozo Bethel Death Ruled An Accident: Report


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The death of beauty pageant winner Zoe Sozo Bethel has been rule a "tragic accident," law enforcement sources reported. Her family previously announced Bethel, 27, died in Miami on February 18, eight days after suffering devastating injuries to her head in an undisclosed accident.

On February 11, Miami Police "responded to the call of a possible suicide attempt," authorities told PEOPLE in a statement. Preliminary investigation results indicated Bethel, who was crowned Miss Alabama for America Strong 2021, "fell out of a third-floor window." Bethel was in a coma for a week before passing away.

Police confirmed that the medical examiner has ruled her cause of death as blunt force trauma, and that it was accidental.

"This was a tragic accident, and no foul play is suspected," police said.

In a statement posted to her Instagram and Facebook accounts, family members wrote that Bethel "touched the hearts of many people" and asked for "effectual and fervent prayers" and privacy.

Bethel's passing comes just weeks after Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst's death. Kryst was 30 years old.

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