Jackie Smith, better known as Jacky Oh, was a former MTV star who appeared on the popular show Wild ‘n Out for five seasons. She was also a social media influencer, an entrepreneur, and a mother of three children. She died suddenly on May 31, 2023, at the age of 32, leaving behind her partner DC Young Fly and their kids. Her fans and colleagues were shocked and saddened by her untimely passing, but the exact cause of her death remained unknown for months. Now, four months after her demise, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office has finally revealed what killed the young star.
Complications from Cosmetic Surgery
According to People, a representative for the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Jackie Smith died from complications from cosmetic surgery. The manner of death was ruled as an accident. The report did not specify what kind of cosmetic surgery she underwent or where she had it done. However, TMZ reported that she had a Brazilian butt lift procedure at a clinic in Miami and suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation.
A Brazilian butt lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves transferring fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks to enhance their shape and size. It is one of the most popular and risky cosmetic surgeries in the world, with a mortality rate of 1 in 3000, according to a 2017 study by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation. The main cause of death is fat embolism, which occurs when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks the vessels that supply oxygen to vital organs such as the heart, brain, and lungs.
A Loving Friend and Beloved Colleague
Jackie Smith was born on November 3, 1990, in Texas. She started her career as a model and actress, appearing in several TV shows and movies such as Marc + Jenni, Shift Drinks, and The Worst Couple. She rose to fame after joining Wild ‘n Out in 2014 for its sixth season. She was invited to audition by the show’s host Nick Cannon after he saw her Instagram posts. She stayed on the show for five seasons, showcasing her comedic skills and rap talent.
She met her partner John Whitfield, better known as DC Young Fly, on the set of Wild ‘n Out in 2015. They became one of the most popular couples on the show and on social media, where they often posted videos and photos of their family life. They had three children together: Nova, 6, Nala, 2, and Prince, 11 months.
Jackie Smith was also an entrepreneur who launched her own lip gloss line called Oh Glossy and worked as a real estate agent. She had over 1.6 million followers on Instagram and over 300 thousand subscribers on YouTube.
Her death was mourned by many celebrities and fans who expressed their condolences and tributes online. Nick Cannon wrote on Instagram: “Rest in Power Queen! @msjackyoh You will be missed! Praying for DC and your beautiful family!” B Simone, another Wild ‘n Out star and friend of Jackie Smith, wrote: “I love you so much Jacky! You were always so sweet , kind hearted , loving mother , supportive friend , hard worker , hustler , beautiful inside & out!”
A Tragic Reminder of the Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery
Jackie Smith’s cause of death is a tragic reminder of the dangers of cosmetic surgery, especially when done in unregulated or unsafe settings. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were over 18 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2020, with liposuction being the second most common one after breast augmentation. However, not all cosmetic surgeries are performed by qualified and certified surgeons or in accredited facilities. Some people resort to cheaper or faster options that may compromise their health and safety.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons advises anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery to do their research and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience and expertise in performing the desired procedure. They also recommend asking questions about the risks and benefits of the surgery, the recovery process, and the expected results. They warn against traveling abroad or to unfamiliar locations for cosmetic surgery without verifying the credentials and reputation of the surgeon and the facility.
Cosmetic surgery can be a personal choice that may boost one’s confidence and self-esteem, but it should not be taken lightly or done without proper care and caution. Jackie Smith’s death is a tragic example of how a cosmetic surgery gone wrong can end a young star’s life.