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Former Miss World winner dies after being run over by a bus in Argentina 

Former Miss World winner dies after being run over by a bus in Argentina

  • Norma Cappagli, 81, was run over by a bus in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday
  • She was placed in intensive care and kept in an induced coma but she later died 
  • The Argentine model was 21 years old when she won the 1960 Miss World title 

A former Miss World winner has died after being run over by a bus in her native Argentina. 

Norma Cappagli, 81, was hit by the bus on December 17 while walking near her home in the capital Buenos Aires, before dying in hospital on Wednesday.

Cappagli was just 21 years old when she won the 1960 Miss World title at a contest held in London – the first Argentine to win the competition.

She went on to model for the likes of Armani and Dior, and in 1962 released a song called Sexy World with Italian violinist Armando Sciascia.

Former Miss World winner Norma Cappagli has died after being run over by a bus in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Argentine model and beauty queen was just 21 years old when she won the 1960 Miss World title which took place in London in an event hosted by Eric Morley

The Argentine model and beauty queen was just 21 years old when she won the 1960 Miss World title which took place in London in an event hosted by Eric Morley

Cappagli (centre right) became the first Argentine to win Miss World and was given a £500 cash prize and a sports car

Cappagli (centre right) became the first Argentine to win Miss World and was given a £500 cash prize and a sports car

Cappagli, 81, was run over by a bus in the neighbourhood of Recoleta in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, and was rushed to Fernandez Hospital where she was placed in intensive care

Cappagli, 81, was run over by a bus in the neighbourhood of Recoleta in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, and was rushed to Fernandez Hospital where she was placed in intensive care

She also spent time living in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, but in 1989 returned to Argentina to live permanently.

Carla Cappagli, the victim’s niece, said: ‘I want to be clear that she died because she was run over, not because of any other reason.

‘COVID-19 did not affect her despite the ongoing pandemic and now she’s dead because of the negligence of the bus driver. We are destroyed.’

The bus driver, whose name has not been revealed but is reportedly aged 28, has been arrested and the vehicle has been seized by the authorities as part of the investigation.

Carla also told the newspaper Infobae that her aunt was taking care of a group of animals living in the local train station.

She added: ‘She had plans, she was wanted to travel to Punta del Este in 2021 with my other aunt if the coronavirus stuff was sorted out.’

After winning Miss World in 1960 (pictured) Cappagli later went on to become a successful model and also recorded a song in 1962 called 'Sexy World'

After winning Miss World in 1960 (pictured) Cappagli later went on to become a successful model and also recorded a song in 1962 called ‘Sexy World’

Cappagli blew kisses to the crowd after she won the Miss World competition in 1960

Cappagli blew kisses to the crowd after she won the Miss World competition in 1960

Cappagli became the first Argentine to win Miss World and was given a £500 cash prize and a sports car. 

She later went on to become a successful model and also recorded a song in 1962 called ‘Sexy World’ that was moderately successful and also ended up being used on a popular TV show.

In a recent interview with Infobae, the woman recalled the events around the contest in London and said that although she received the cash prize, the luxury car was never handed over.

At the end of the 60s, she married an Italian businessman and left the fashion industry to live in Milan and became a journalist working for the Italian magazine Men’s Bazaar.

At the end of the 60s, she married an Italian businessman and left the fashion industry to live in Milan and became a journalist working for the Italian magazine Men's Bazaar

At the end of the 60s, she married an Italian businessman and left the fashion industry to live in Milan and became a journalist working for the Italian magazine Men’s Bazaar

The former model also lived in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and as she was feeling nostalgic she went back home in 1989

The former model also lived in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and as she was feeling nostalgic she went back home in 1989

The former model also lived in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and as she was feeling nostalgic she went back home in 1989.

Some years ago, Wikipedia stated that the former beauty queen had died, and her niece Carla forced the website to change the page information.

Until her accident, she had been living in the neighbourhood of Recoleta with her cat and she was well known for her love of animals.

The investigation is ongoing.

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