Very sad news to report this afternoon with the death of Charlotte Dawson aged 47.
Ms Dawson was found dead at her Woolloomooloo home by a security guard this morning. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Charlotte who was a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model had a very public battle with depression which resaulted in Ms Dawson being hospitalised in 2012 after hundreds of social media trolls viciously targeted her on Twitter.
Close friend Alex Perry told news.com.au, “She was such a beautiful girl, she had so much energy and such a sense of humour but her battle with her mental illness just made it so difficult for her to really go in so many parts of her life,” he said.
“It was such a battle and as she got older it was harder to deal with, I just can’t believe she has taken her own life but all I can do is pray for her and know now that she is up there with her mother who she dearly loved.
“I loved Charlotte so much but she was a very tormented woman and really was finding it hard to battle her mental illness,”he said.
“She obviously has tried and tried so hard to raise awareness of mental illness but it really did just totally take its toll and got on top of her. As I said, I pray for her.”.