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Former Miss World BVI Khara M. Forbes loses battle to cancer

The late Khara M. Forbes had won the Miss World BVI crown at age 18 in July 1994, beating out Nikki Rubaine, Najan Christopher, Shonia Matthews and Susanna V.R. Ophelia at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall. Photo: Provided
The late Khara M. Forbes reportedly fought 'a good battle with cancer'. Photo: Facebook
The late Khara M. Forbes reportedly fought 'a good battle with cancer'. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands, especially the pageant fraternity, is mourning the death of Miss British Virgin Islands 1994 Khara Michelle Forbes who passed away last weekend after a battle with cancer.

Forbes had won the Miss World BVI crown at age 18 in July 1994, beating out Nikki Rubaine, Najan Christopher, Shonia Matthews and Susanna V.R. Ophelia at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall.

She also won the Miss Intellect, Miss Poise, and Miss Photogenic awards.

Forbes then went on to represent the territory in the Miss World Pageant in Sun City, South Africa in November of 1994.

“She was beautiful, graceful, intelligent and phenomenal lady and Queen. She represented the BVI with pride, grace and poise,” CEO of Summer Sizzle BVI Terry T. Donovan, who was the Miss BVI World Pageant Director in 1994, shared in a social media post.

Khara ‘fought a good battle’- Gloria A. Fahie

President of the BVI Cancer Society Gloria A. Fahie, in a social media post, said she was saddened at the loss of Forbes.

She fought a good fight. May she rest in peace,” Ms Fahie stated.

The Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Khara M. Forbes.

24 Responses to “Former Miss World BVI Khara M. Forbes loses battle to cancer”

  • what (11/09/2023, 17:24) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    This one hit me hard. She was a ppsitive & lovely lady in looks and in heart and attitude. My deepest sympathies to the family.
  • WOW (11/09/2023, 17:27) Like (23) Dislike (36) Reply
    Deepest sympathy. On another note, how come the Governor does recognize certain persons who may very well be deserving of recognition but seem to be things which fit in the Governor and his kind culture and lifestyle but people like Ms Fahie who does a good job for years with the cancer society cannot get a MBE.
    • Carnage (12/09/2023, 10:06) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      Cats & dogs, that's the only thing YT people care about.
    • @ wow (12/09/2023, 15:36) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
      Although it might not have been your intention, your comments seem insensitive and disrespectful. This is not the time or place.
    • @wow (13/09/2023, 02:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • west (11/09/2023, 17:28) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    She was the BVI's true queen. R.I.P. QUEEN.
  • WOW (11/09/2023, 17:33) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lovely beautiful bvi gem gone......My condolences to the Forbs and Erickson family
  • guy hill (11/09/2023, 17:55) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to her entire family. Rest in peace Angel.
  • Concerned (11/09/2023, 17:59) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    @WOW, her turn will come. She just need to let the families greaves. Everything for her should not be a big social announcement. The families capable of that.
    • Talk the Truth (11/09/2023, 19:24) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is so very true.....she posts everything everywhere before the family can get a grip of what's going on. Her cousin Judy Smith just as bad.....make the dog sick.
    • @Concerned (11/09/2023, 23:35) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Oh please. As usual some of you only see the weaknesses of your people rather than their strengths which far outweigh their weaknesses. Any way let me mind my own business.
  • exactly so (11/09/2023, 19:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ Concerned. You couldn’t have said it any better. I am in full agreement with your statement and as an adult the President should be more empathetic
  • exactly so (11/09/2023, 19:23) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    @Concerned. You couldn’t have said it any better. I totally agree with the latter part of your statement but as an adult the President should allow common sense to dictate and be more empathetic to the feelings of the grieving families instead of taking to social media before the family can do so. It’s time to run these organizations with some kind of class.and treat others the way you would want to be treated.
    • To exactly so (11/09/2023, 23:39) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
      I guess she knows now how some of you truly feel about her. Maybe she should denounce her BVI citizenship and announce she is a foreigner and take care of animals then she will be loved and given an MBE. What a set of ungrateful people in BVI. Luckily people like ayo are in the minority. Since ayo feel this way about her than you should have called her directly and tell her but you chose to try to degrade her on this forum. Fire burn ayo.
  • The watchdog (11/09/2023, 19:23) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino this is really sad rest queen Forbes
  • west bank (11/09/2023, 20:25) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Wow I cant believe Auntie gone. This was the most important woman in my life. Mehson, I remember years ago when Tre Tre thought he was the best, and well, that sign post up beef island thought him that he was less, Auntie made sure I didnt go crazy. I couldnt stand to lose Tre Tre like dat at all. Auntie you will be missed, words cant express it. Rest well Aunt Khara “Creature” Forbes.
  • John (11/09/2023, 21:00) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I see this cancer is going with young people may her soul rest in peach
  • Sleep on Cous (12/09/2023, 02:09) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Khara was a lady of class, grace and beauty, inside and out. Many can learn a lot from her life, one of great faith and tenacity. May she rest in eternal peace. What a lovely soul!
  • resident (12/09/2023, 06:22) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    r.i.p we need to find a cure for these diseases
  • SB (12/09/2023, 07:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a beauty all the way to the end. SIP Queen.
  • sally (12/09/2023, 09:01) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hmmm..Did she reside or spend lengthy time in the Western area inhaling the deadly fumes of the Municipal fire burn courtesy of her elected Government. Did any of her relatives also succumb to the same fate? Just asking.
    They should be barred from such funerals.
    My sincere condolences to her grieving friends and relatives. Another bright light has gone!
    • 3rd (12/09/2023, 16:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I believe this is the 3rd death in three years from that family from cancer related. All resided in west end with exception of ms forbes who left but frequently visited over the years. It is a valid question as there must be a correlation with persons from the west and the dying rates of cancer or respiratory related diseases.
  • Observer (12/09/2023, 10:19) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    People dying from cancer all over the world, not just in the western end of Tortola as you put it.
  • ... (13/09/2023, 22:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    R.I.P. K...

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