Fully vaccinated teen model, 18, tipped for fame dies from Covid complications
Valentina Boscardin Mendes, 18, contracted pneumonia and suffered a fatal thrombosis or blood clot, on Sunday, after being admitted to hospital in her native Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Her mum Marcia Boscardin, a TV presenter, who has also worked as a model and actress, revealed the tragic news of her daughter's death on social media.
She posted a selfie photo of them together with the words: “It is with great pain that I say goodbye to the love of my life.
“Goodbye Valentina Boscardin Mendes. Let God receive you with open arms.”
She also posted photos of their last Christmas together - before Valentina’s health began to deteriorate - and her graduation as well as her 18th birthday party, along with some of the messages of support she has received from well-wishers and celeb friends.
They included former model Helo Pinheiro, who was the inspiration for the famous song ‘The Girl from Ipanema.’
Marcia, who has modelled for the likes of Givenchy and Christian Dior and now has her own YouTube channel, has said her daughter had received the recommended two doses of the Pfizer Covid jab and had no underlying health problems.
Family friend Felipe Campos, mourning Valentina’s shock death, said: “ Covid-19 has claimed another victim.
“The daughter of beloved model and businesswoman Marcia Boscardin died at the weekend, aged just 18, after suffering a thrombosis while she was fighting coronavirus.
“Valentina was a rising star and was looking forward to embarking on an international career.
“What sadness I feel. How can you tell a mum she needs to cope after this loss! Valentina was fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer. Rest in peace.”
Another family friend, 17-year-old Helo Pinheiro, paid tribute in a direct message to Marcia after learning of Valentina’s death.
“Friend. I have just received some really sad news and I can’t believe it,” she said.
“My God. It’s really hurting me. I really don’t know what to say to comfort you. I just pray you have the strength and faith to cope with this loss. My most sincere condolences, my friend. A big kiss from Rio.”
One of Valentina’s last posts, before she fell ill, was a selfie photo in a bikini on the beach in Rio.
She wrote alongside the snap: “Marvellous city.”
In a previous post from another beach in the same city where she posed for a picture in a bikini with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background, she wrote: “Vitamin sea.”
Brazil’s health minister this week announced Omicron has become the dominant coronavirus variant in Brazil.
The South American country said on Sunday it had registered 22,523,907 cases since the pandemic began, with the official death toll rising to 619,981.
More than 40 deaths were recorded in the previous 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said on the same day.