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Woman who appeared in Calif. anti-tobacco ad dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

Four months after the ad, Austin quit smoking — halting a two- to three-pack-a-day habit. She fought various forms of cancer for the rest of her life. She starred in other ads and spent the rest of her life advocating against the use of tobacco.

"True to Debi's spirit, she was a fighter to the end and leaves a big hole in our hearts and lives. Debi will be remembered fondly by those who love her to be caring, courageous, very funny and always there to offer advice or lend a hand," the family's statement said.