|Heartbreaking end: Damarys Ruiz, 68, died on the streets after spending the last 15 years of her life homeless|
Damarys Ruiz, 68, shot to stardom in 1973 at the age of 26 when she entered the Miss Venezuela contest to represent her home state.
But her body was found in a park in the country's capital Caracas this week, but none of her family
have visited the hospital to identify her.
Despite being just 5ft 2" tall, the beautiful Miss Sucre - a state in the north of Venezuela - impressed the judges with her intelligence and looks, including her hourglass figure.
Despite her fame and popularity, Ms Ruiz never made it to the big time. After deciding not to pursue a career in law, she began selling homemade crafts and junk jewellery in Caracas.
She never had a proper boyfriend and instead lived with her brother, who according to friends was jealous of her and didn't allow her any freedom.
In a rare interview in 2005, Ms Ruiz told local
media: 'He used to starve me. He often threatened me and often hit me.
'I repeatedly called the
police but they never did anything.'
Not able to stand the abuse, she fled in 2000 and, with nowhere else to go, started living on the streets.
Rosalba Gomes, who had known Ms Ruiz for the last two years of her life, said: 'I saw her two or three times in the week and I talked to her for long hours.
'Her life ended up with
great depression, without receiving support from her family or friends. She couldn't see any way to escape the trap she was in.
'She was a beautiful woman inside and outside.
'My cute little old lady. This lady was wonderful, educated and a great conversationalist. She was a lawyer and studied several years in the university and had opinions about everything.
'I loved to listen to her and her stories, anecdotes, we talked about everything.'
A hospital spokesman said her body had still not been formally identified by a member of her family because no one had turned up, despite the publicity.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, UK, 5/21/2015
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