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Former Miss Belgian Beauty organizer Ignace Crombé (65) died of pancreatic cancer

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Ignace Crombé is best known to the general public as the organizer and founder of the Miss Belgian Beauty contest. He thus entered direct competition with the Miss Belgium pageant.

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He first organized the beauty pageant in 1992. Then Rani De Coninck won, who became a well-known media figure. Other winners include Els Tibau, Eveline Hoste, Zsofi Horvath and Cynthia Reekmans. In 2009 the competition took place for the last time.

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At the end of last year, Crombé was told that he was suffering from an aggressive and metastatic form of pancreatic cancer. The doctors gave him another six months. He immediately started treatment and underwent a series of chemotherapy.

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At the end of June, the tumor appeared stable. In an interview with De Krant van West-Vlaanderen he spoke about his fight against cancer a month and a half ago. He then said that he was not afraid to die.

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"I've accepted that my time here on earth is gradually being used up. I just hope I don't have to suffer, that I don't have to suffer any pain. I can say goodbye to the people I love and have all the practicalities behind me. I don't want to burden anyone."

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On July 21, he was urgently admitted to the AZ Groeninge hospital in Kortrijk, where he received heavy chemotherapy. There he died. Crombé turned 65 and leaves behind a partner, two daughters and a plus daughter.

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Ignace Crombé fought like a lion, but died in the hospital AZ Groeninge on Hoog Kortrijk, where he was treated. He leaves behind two daughters (one with ex-wife Miriam Jacques, one with ex-wife Trisha(39)), and also his current girlfriend: Nathalie.

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The two had been together since early last year, spending the lockdown together. “I got to know Nathalie through Facebook,” he said about her last year. “We started chatting on Messenger, and one thing led to another. I found my cuddle contact with her and she has remained that way.”

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Ignace became best known as an organizer of beauty pageants. He was co-producer of the Miss Belgium pageant for a while, but started his own pageant in 1991. The Miss Belgian Beauty competition then competed with the original pageant.