Nicole Barrett, presenter and businesswoman on talk show, dies at 46 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Radio and television host, cigar company CEO and former Miss Black Texas Nicole Barrett has died at the age of 46.

According to a Dallas Morning News report, Barrett died Aug. 10 after suffering an aneurysm.

Barrett reported on Elite News in Dallas and hosted “The Nicole Barrett Show” on KLIF-AM (570), interviewing stars and icons such as actors Diahann Carroll, Larry Hagman and Debbie Reynolds, Dallas Morning News reports.

The newspaper reported that Barrett also became the first black woman to own a cigar company, Kinky Friedman Cigars.

Friedman, singer and sole candidate for governor of Texas, continued to be the face of the brand, while Barrett worked to introduce a new product line as CEO.

Barrett attended North Mesquite High School and received an acting scholarship to the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, Dallas Morning News reports.

She was named Miss Black Texas in 2002, appeared in episodes of the Style Network Big Rich Texas from 2011 to 2012 and was named one of the Modern luxury Fresh Faces of Fashion from the magazine in 2013.

Barrett served on the board of the Dallas Theater Guild and planned numerous events, including a luncheon with Reynolds, a concert gala with singer Shirley Jones and Friedman’s Birthday Bash.

According to the Dallas Morning News, her mother, Linda Barrett, and many family members and friends survive her.

A celebration of life took place Aug. 21 at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas, with burial in Restland Memorial Park.

Read the full report on the Dallas Morning News website.