Former Miss World Dies After Being Hit By Bus

Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash

A former Miss World winner has died after being run over by a bus.

Argentine model and beauty queen Norma Cappagli 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.

She was run over by a bus in the neighbourhood of Recoleta in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, and had to be taken to Fernandez Hospital where she was placed in intensive care.

Norma Gladys Cappagli/Newsflash

She was kept in an induced coma but medics have now confirmed that she passed away.

Cappagli, 81, left home on Thursday 17th December for a leisurely stroll when she was hit by the bus.

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.


The victim’s niece Carla Cappagli 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 woman 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.”

Cappagli became the first Argentine to win Miss World and was given a GBP 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.

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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