She was 34 years old.
"It has spread aggressively in my body and is incurable," she wrote in a Facebook post. "With the treatment, it can extend my life longer than the 'few months', the doctors said I could do it, I do not want to die."
Strauss participated in Season 8 of "America's Next Top Model". She finished sixth in the competition.
"I wish I could see her again," Gonzalez wrote. "She's been through a lot, we do not know why, but man she was one of the strongest I knew, my prayers are with her and her family."
According to their GoFundMe page, the family asked for donations instead of flowers to pay for funeral arrangements and medical expenses.