DEAD: Jacqueline Saburido (aged 40)
Venezuelan burn victim
Jacqueline Saburido (20 December 1978 – 20 April 2019) was a Venezuelan activist and burn survivor who campaigned against drunk driving. After a car crash in 1999 Saburido received burns on 60% of her body; she went on to appear in drunk-driving ads and was twice a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She also unsuccessfully tried to become Britain’s first face transplant patient.
DEATH: On 20 April 2019, Saburido died of cancer in Guatemala City. Her family stated that she had moved to Guatemala a few years previously seeking better treatment for her illness. Saburido is to be buried in Caracas.
According to TxDOT’s Faces of Drunk Driving Campaign, Saburido’s story had been told to at least one billion people world wide by the time of her death.