Howard Beach native and foot model Jacquelyn Boutureira died last month from a hemorrhagic stroke after being rushed home from a business trip in China.
According to printed reports, Boutureira, 43, was discovered unconscious in her hotel room on Nov. 28 before being transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital via a hospital in Hong Kong.
On Facebook, Boutureira listed herself as a “technical fit, foot and shoe model” for Jones Apparel Group, a corporation whose brands include Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit and Dockers.
It was also reported that she also modeled for Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
The model and decade-long certified personal trainer’s public profile reveals that she was a woman who loved fitness, beauty, dieting and detox.
She was a fan of books with titles such as “Detox for Life,” “Eating for Beauty,” “Anything on Fitness” and “Super Cleanse,” according to her Facebook profile. In her interests section she lists raw foodism, health and fitness.
Boutureira wrote on her Facebook page that “I’m trying my best to be a full time Raw Foodest, any info for me, please send it over.”
She also sold skin and nutritional products for Amazon Herb Company through a link on her page.
A 1986 alumna of Rockaway Park’s Stella Maris High School, Boutureira went on to become a cosmetologist and spent a year in Hawaii, where she became a personal trainer and met her boyfriend Greg Allent.
Hemorrhagic stroke is usually caused by high blood pressure, which can cause stress and breakage in artery walls. High blood pressure is usually linked to obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high sodium diets, drinking and other markers of an unhealthy lifestyle —nearly the antithesis of exercise and raw foodism.
Other causes of hemorrhagic stroke include aneurysms, arteriouvenious malformation and cancer.
She leaves behind both parents, Lynn and John Boutureira Jr.; her brothers Joseph, James and John Boutureira 3rd and her sisters Daly and Janinne Mugnolo and 11 nieces and nephews.