Beauty world says a fond farewell after the death of Miss World ambassador Krish Naidoo
Some of the best known names in the Northern Ireland beauty scene have paid tribute to Krish Naidoo, a former Miss World judge, who has died.
For 30 years until 2010, Mr Naidoo held the Irish licence for the Miss Ireland Beauty Pageant. He retired as the International Ambassador of Miss World Organisation in 2012, and was well-known in the nightclub industry.
Alison Clarke, organiser of the Miss Northern Ireland contest, said on Facebook: "Some really sad news I got today. The lovely, lovely, gentleman Mr Krish Naidoo who has been my close friend and confidante over the last 30 years organising contests has sadly passed away.
"Many of my models whom I sent to Miss Ireland and early Miss Northern Ireland's will know Krish, he came to Belfast when I started Miss Northern Ireland and helped me so much each year.
"He was a judge at many Miss World finals and always looked out for my girls, checked they were OK. He came to our final recently when I celebrated 20 years and was a totally wonderful friend. He was always there if I needed advice in the beauty business world.
"Krish, may you rest in peace you were my inspiration to succeed. Thank you. Deepest sympathies to his beautiful wife Lelia and all the family Krishna, Natalya and Raj. Love always Alison xo."
Mr Naidoo died on Thursday and his funeral is due to take place on Tuesday at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin.
The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be given to the heartbeattrust.org
Former Miss Northern Ireland Zoe Salmon posted on social media: "Am so very sorry and saddened to hear this. I will never forget the first time I met Krish when I won Miss Northern Ireland and also at Miss Ireland and Miss UK. 'He was such a special person and genuinely one of the good guys. I will remember him fondly always. May he rest in peace. Love and prayers to you, his friends and family xo'.
Former model Deborah Armstrong, wife of former Northern Ireland football star Gerry, said her husband knew Mr Naidoo who had links to Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Deborah said on Facebook that Gerry said Mr Naidoo "was one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever meet".
Mr Naidoo studied science at Trinity College and then pre-medicine at Queen's University, Belfast.