Maria Xavier - her real
name - was confronting serious nervous problems for approximately
three months before, motivated, principally, by disagreements
with her husband. Alone and sad the beautiful exqueen was
feeling so bad that at the moment of her death she weigh 41
Kilos. This situation was reducing her desire to live, and
was probably very desperate when she took the tragic decision
at the age of 21. The funeral where her remains were watched,
was full of people, it was a manifestation of sorrow, many
people wanted to see the body closely.
Several misses were seen
very upset, Irene Saenz(Miss Universe 1981), Pilin León (Miss
World 1981), Desirée Rolando (Miss Venezuela 1973), Maritza
Pineda (Miss Venezuela 1975), Miriam Quintana (2da. Finalist
1981-Miss International Venezuela-) and Neyla Moronta (Miss
Venezuela 1974), among others.
The coffin is taken out of the funeral in the middle of a
persons' agglomeration that were blocking the way of those
who were carrying it.
Actor Jean Carlo Simancas - Rafael Briceño, his real name
- in an attitude of rejection to the press, gave order not
to allow the entry of journalists and photographers to the
funeral. Photographers were prohibited to take photos. There
was a moment in which the police had to interfere to calm
The boycott to the press was total. According to spokesmen
very tied to the Brandt family, journalists were responsable
of Maye's death.
The Metropolitan Police did a last honouring to Maye Brandt.
A double cord was formed by agents for ten minutes, to do
the corresponding honours since Maye was named godmother of
this institution, and several times she managed to carry the
police uniform in parades and other public activities.
Brandt looked for her great friend, Irene Sáez-Miss Universe
1981-in search of help to the great quantity of nervous and
conjugal problems that they were afflicting her. As it was
known, Maye had telephoned minutes before her death, but Irene
could not attend her because she had several engagements to
attend. A source revealed that beautiful Irene had said to
her that she would be with her when she finished all her obligations.
During the funeral Irene (Miss Universe 1981) was very upset
and sad. Her only comment was that she was sincerely sorry
In the last weeks of her life, Maye Brandt was desperate trying
to solve her problems. She confessed to her friends that she
wanted to move away from her husband and relatives. She spoke
to one of her friends, Lisbeth Fernandez (3rd. Finalist Miss
Venezuela 1980) about the possibility of traveling to Los
Angeles where Lisbeth lives.
Carlo y Maye were married. Immediate longing was to move away
from so many conflicts that were affecting her, more when
Jean Carlo Simancas and Maye's union was a real disaster.
The actor, apparently, was not allowing his wife to go out
with friends, to put on make up, and was keeping her aside
from the artistic environment. Maye said once that she could
not live without Jean Carlo, since she didn´t have any support
from her relatives. She was feeling completely alone and Jean
Carlo was not understanding Maye in many aspects. The couple
from the same moment in which they were married, had serious
disagreements which carried her to a fatal conclusion.
May Maye Brant rest in peace,
Miss Venezuela 1980
Thank you Benny (Caracas, Venezuela)