Ex-Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband shot dead

Monica Spear seen in 2004 the year she won the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant. Credit: Reuters

A former Miss Venezuela and her British ex-husband were shot dead after their car broke down in the country on Monday night. Their 5-year-old daughter survived the attack but was left with a bullet wound in her leg, the government and local media said.

Monica Spear, 29, who was also a soap opera actress, and Henry Berry, 39, died in an attempted robbery on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.

The 2004 Miss Venezuela winner lived in the United States but was vacationing in her homeland.

The Foreign Office said they are, "aware of the death of a British national" and are providing consular assistance.