Iman has suffered another heartbreaking loss just two months after the death of her husband, David Bowie. On Friday, April 1, the supermodel shared the following tweet, marking the death of her lovely mother. “Saddened by the death of my mom Maryan Baadi. May Allah grant her the highest jennah #ripmaryanbadi.”
In 2014, the 60-year-old gushed to The Guardian about how proud she was of her parents’ work in the Somali independence movement. “My mother was an activist, so was my father. They came from a generation of young Somalis who were actively involved in getting independence for Somalia in 1960.”
She also credited her mother for instilling in her the confidence to pursue her dreams. “She instilled … the fact that nobody can take your self-worth unless you give your consent,” she continued. “She always said to me that there is nothing that the boys can do — because I had two brothers — that you can’t do, if not better.”
It’s been a year of heartbreak for Iman, who lost her husband earlier this year. On Jan. 10, Bowie’s Facebook page confirmed that he succumbed to cancer, an illness he battled for over a year. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” the statement on Bowie’s social media page read.
The very next month, Teddy Antolin, Bowie’s longtime hairstylist and the person who introduced the couple, also died. The Somali model helped to spread the news about the death of her friend, reposting the announcement originally made on Bowie’s official Facebook page. “It is with sadness that we report the news that Teddy Antolin has passed away,” the statement read. “Teddy was a former hairdresser for David on several tours, video shoots and photo sessions. He will be missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Iman, as she faces yet another loss. Show her some love and support in the comment section below.