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After a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's disease, B. Smith, whose real name is Barbara Elaine Smith, passed away at age 70. Buzz60

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Dan Gasby, Smith's husband and caretaker, confirmed to USA TODAY that she died Saturday at 真人百家家乐官网网站home in Long Island, New York, in a statement provided by representative Jennifer Maguire. 

"It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith," Gasby wrote, thanking doctors, caretakers, friends and fans who "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 began her career as a model with the Wilhelmina agency, becoming the second black model on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976, before going on to host the syndicated television show "B. Smith With Style," a half-hour show about 真人百家家乐官网网站home decorating and cooking. She owned three restaurants, all called B. Smith wrote three cookbooks and launched several lines of 真人百家家乐官网网站home goods, including lines at Bed Bath & Beyond, La-Z-Boy and Walmart.