B. Smith dead at 70 due to complications from early onset of Alzheimers Disease, which she was diagnosed in 2013.
B. Smith Was Known As The Black Martha Stewart
According to her husband Dan Gasby via Facebook, Barbara Elaine Smith, known by most as B. Smith died on Saturday night. She was a groundbreaking model, restaurant owner and lifestyle guru.
The Legacy of B. Smith
- Celebrity Chef
- Magazine Owner
- Broadway Actress
- Television Host
B. Smith was a beautiful woman who began her career as a model back in the ’60s. Signed by Wilhelmina modeling agency, she walked the runways and graced the covers of magazines. Breaking ground, she was the first black woman featured on the cover of Mademoiselle in 1976.
She is still the only African-American woman with home products distributed exclusively at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Additionally, she had a furniture collection with La-Z-Boy.
Later, she opened a B. Smith restaurant in Washington D.C. I remember visiting the one in D.C. at Union Station. I was impressed by the elegance of it, and the live piano player. She also had two other locations, Long Island, NY and New York City.
Being compared to Martha Stewart, Smith hosted her own nationally syndicated cooking and lifestyle show in ’97 called B. Smith with Style.
B. Smith Shared Her Journey With Alzheimer’s In Her 2016 Book “Before I Forget”
The author of 3 cookbooks, B. penned her most poignant work with the book, “Before I Forget” in 2016. Along with her husband, she shared her journey with her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her efforts received lots of praise.
The vulnerability, courage, and honesty in Before I Forget are heart-opening. Fear can be paralyzing…yet B. and Dan beautifully demonstrate that there is a different way to approach this stealthy invader. Alzheimer’s needs to come out of the shadows, and this book is an important step. – Maria Shriver
On The Passing of B. Smith
“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.”
While thanking the hospice caregivers, Gasby noted that they –
“helped us make B. comfortable in her final days. Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile.”
Smith married Dan Gasby in 1992, becoming stepmother to his daughter from an earlier relationship. After being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 63, she was cared for by her husband.
However, Gasby made news in 2018, when he revealed that he had a girlfriend that lived with him and help him to care for his ailing wife. Though his statements were met with controversy, he insisted that his wife gave him permission to go on with his life.
Rest in Peace, B. Smith.
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