Cassondra Billideau-Stratton split her time between Miami and New York City, working jobs as a model, an actress and a Pilates instructor.
Billideau-Stratton, a native of New Orleans, was one of 98 people killed June 24 when the 12-story Champlain Tower South condominium building collapsed.
She was on the telephone with her husband and was in the couple’s fourth-floor apartment, according to published reports. Her husband, Michael Stratton, told the New York Times she described seeing a sinkhole in the pool deck moments before the line went dead.
Police confirmed that Billideau-Stratton was a victim of the building collapse. She was 40 years old.
“Cassie meant so much to so many, and everything to me,” Michael Stratton said in prepared remarks posted to a memorial Facebook account.
“Hearts around the world are breaking as friends and family accept the loss of a bright and kind soul with an adventurous spirit.”
She is survived by her daughter, Ariana, and two stepsons, Matt and Sam.
Michael Stratton, a Democratic political strategist, was on a business trip to Washington, D.C., at the time of the collapse. The couple met seven years ago at a Super Bowl party in New York City and married two years later, according to published reports. They had lived in their fourth-floor Surfside condo for about for four years.
On July 17, friends and family gathered on the beach for a memorial service streamed on social media.
“I fell in love with Cassie the first time I … saw her,” Michael Stratton told those gathered for the service. “It was the best thing to ever happen to me. She was just a life spring of energy and love.”