Thursday, June 07, 2007

RIP Diva de Loayza

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Popular Capital Region fashionista Diva de Loayza has died. De Loayza was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center late Wednesday. It was a week ago the 40 year old head of the House of Bimbo was riding her bike on Western Avenue, blew through a red light and was struck by a minivan. de Loayza ran Some Girls boutique on Second Street in Troy. She also had a second shop on Colvin Avenue in Albany. I was told earlier in the week that it was apparent she "wasn't going to make it," but, hey, I like to hold out for hope! I still can't believe she wasn't wearing one of those chic, sporty bike helmets! If she had, she'd still be with us...

The Tech Valley Times has posted a TRIBUTE

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  1. Dave, I'm crying right now. Poor Diva. I love her shop. May her soul rest in PEACE.

  2. ok, let's see

    this chick is dead for lack of a helmet

    that girl in Kansas is dead coz soem bastard murdered her on her way out of a Target store

    and that fucking retard Paris Hilton gets out of jail free


  3. FYI

    WHAT: Family of Diva de Loayza to speak to media

    WHEN: Friday, June 8, 2007
    2 p.m.

    WHERE: Some Girls Boutique
    13 Second Street, Troy

    The family of Diva de Loayza, the owner of Some Girls Boutique who passed away on June 6 following a bicycle accident on Western Avenue in Albany, will speak to the media at 2 p.m. today, June 8 at the boutique's Troy location.

    Winifred de Loayza (mother) and Hugh de Loayza (brother) as well as staff from the boutique will be on hand to thank the community for their support and discuss how they plan to honor Diva's memory.

  4. Bike crash victim's shops to stay open
    De Loayza's family thanks hospital, friends

    By DANIELLE FURFARO, Staff writer
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    Last updated: 3:07 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2007

    TROY - The family of fashion designer Diva de Loayza, who died Wednesday, addressed the public this afternoon, thanking her friends, employees and hospital staff while also vowing to keep her four boutiques open.

    De Loayza, 40, was on life support for a week after a collision with a minivan as she rode her bicycle on Western Avenue in Albany. She was in critical condition at Albany Medical Center Hospital for the last week - and for the first two days her identity was unknown.

    De Loayza was the owner of four Some Girls Boutique stores, including ones in Troy and Albany, as well as the founder of the House of Bimbo clothing line.

    Her mother, Winifred De Loayza, and brother, Hugh De Loayza, said they are planning a celebration of Diva's life and will announce details of that event at a later date.

    All Times Union materials copyright 1996-2007, Capital Newspapers Division of The Hearst Corporation, Albany, N.Y.

  5. another nice tribute to this fine woman:


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