Heartbreaking tributes are being paid to Irish model and midwife Judy Fitzgerald after she died “unexpectedly”.
The 32-year-old, who was a former frontline nurse and Miss Bikini Ireland winner, passed away on Saturday 27, 2023.
Who was Judy Fitzgerald?
Fitzgerald earned herself a nursing degree at Cork University Hospital before moving to Limerick to be a midwife.
She worked on the frontline through the Covid-19 pandemic alongside her colleagues at University Hospital Limerick.
Away from being a midwife, she worked as a fitness instructor and model.
In 2015, she famously walked the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, dressed in a red jewelled outfit.
The same year she was chosen to interview the event’s designers about their collections at the Broadway Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Times Square, Manhattan.
Speaking afterwards she said the event had been “a dream come true”.
When did Judy Fitzgerald die?
On May 30, 2023, it was announced that Judy had passed away.
Her death notice reads: “Judy Fitzgerald passed away unexpectedly on 27th May 2023.”
“Sadly missed by her heartbroken parents Liam and Imelda, sister Lucy, brother William, brother-in-law Pedro.”
Judy Fitzgerald cause of death
The specific cause of her death has not been publicly disclosed.
She is survived by her parents Liam and Imelda, sister Lucy, brother William, brother-in-Law Pedro, and a large circle of friends.
Her funeral will take place on Thursday, June 1, in St Nessan’s Church, Raheen.
Her mass will be followed by burial in Castlemungret Cemetery.
When was Judy Fitzgerald on Miss Bikini Ireland?
Judy was crowned Miss Bikini Ireland in 2014.
Following her victory, she then went on to represent Ireland in the world finals held in Cancun, Mexico.
She virtually competed at the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Pro-International Next Level World Tour during the Covid-19 lockdown and was crowned overall European Fitness Model Champion 2019.
Was Judy Fitzgerald married and did she have any children?
Fitzgerald kept her personal life private and away from the spotlight.
She was never married or had any children.
In March 2023, she was featured in an episode of First Dates Ireland.
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