Lewellyn shared her diagnosis with the rare form of cancer during the show’s second season premiere, which aired in March 2015.
“It was kind of shocking,” she told Madame Noir that month. “But also, when I was diagnosed, I remember some of my immediate thoughts being like, ‘Well, you know what? I’m not afraid to die,'” she told the site. “It wasn’t like I wanted to die, and it wasn’t like I didn’t want to live — because I absolutely love my life, and I’ve always loved my life — but they told me it was stage three cancer. I was like, ‘Well, if it’s my time to go, I’m OK with it.'”
Prior to appearing on the show, Lewellyn had a successful career in magazines. She served as Essence‘s accessories editor from 2006 to 2007 — the magazine posted a touching tribute to the “Queen of Effortless Chic,” confirming the news of her passing — and also worked at InStyle and Glamour.
Andy Cohen, who hosted the Blood, Sweat & Heels reunions and regularly interviewed the cast, tweeted his thoughts on Lewellyn’s passing: