B. Smith, who announced earlier this year that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was found in a New York City diner Wednesday after being reported missing Tuesday night.
Smith, whose full name is Barbara Smith, was last seen at about 8 p.m. Tuesday on Southampton, Long Island. According to media reports, Smith was last seen exiting the jitney from New York City.
ABC News reports that Smith, 65, got off in Sag Harbor and eventually got back on the bus heading back to New York City. She was recognized by a patron at La Parisienne Coffee House at 7th Avenue and 57th Street who notified authorities.
Smith’s husband and business partner, Dan Gasby, reported her missing when she failed to return home. Smith is a groundbreaking model who was one of the first African-Americans to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle.
But her career did not end there. Smith launched successful restaurants and eventually created a lifestyle brand that spanned everything from media to housewares. Smith grew her brand as she became known for being an expert on good food, style and living well.
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s came as a surprise to Gasby and Smith because she’s considered young to have the disease.