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B. Smith, restaurateur and former model, dies at 70

B. Smith, a restaurateur, author and model who was one of the first African-American women featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine, died of Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday at her Long Island home, according to a Facebook post. He was 70 years old.

Barbara Elaine Smith led a varied career that included opening a restaurant in Sag Harbor, according to the Sunday morning Facebook post. She appeared on the page she shared with her husband, Dan Gasby. The couple moved to Sag Harbor in 1994 and later bought a home in Northwest Harbor, Newsday reported.

Smith appeared on the covers of 15 magazines during his modeling career. He later hosted a nationally syndicated television show, created a line of home decorating products, and wrote three books on cooking and guest entertainment. He also opened restaurants in Manhattan and Washington, DC.

She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2013, according to the post.

“The sky is even brighter now that it is embellished with B.’s bright and unforgettable smile,” Gasby wrote on Facebook.

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