News.com.au is reporting that:
CHARLOTTE Dawson has been found dead at her Woolloomooloo home.
Police have confirmed the body of a woman has been discovered in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf but are yet to confirm the body is Ms Dawson’s.
A police media spokesman gave this statement to news.com.au this morning: “About 11am police from the Kings Cross local area command were called to Cowper Wharf Road after the body of a woman had been located in a unit. No suspicious circumstances at this stage and a report is being prepared for the coroner.”
The Australia’s Next Top Model judge is understood to have been found by a security guard in her rented waterside apartment this morning.
It’s a devastating loss for the family and friends of the 47-year-old television presenter, who had long battled depression. Dawson was hospitalised in 2012 after hundreds of social media trolls viciously targeted her on Twitter.
Dawson, who is an anti-bullying advocate, appeared on the Nine Network’s A Current Affair and Ten Network’s The Project earlier this week to expose vitriolic Twitter bullying, with many followers calling for her to “please go hang yourself.”
Followers also attacked the Kiwi-born former model’s appearance and personal life on the social networking site.
Close friend Alex Perry spoke to news.com.au in the wake of the tragic news. “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,” says the fashion designer, who appeared alongside Ms Dawson as a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.
“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.”
Mr Perry posted this photo on his Instagram account this morning.
The caption reads: “WE LOST A BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT, SHINING GIRL TODAY… REST IN PEACE MY SWEETHEART…I LOVE YOU. X”
Long time colleague and friend Melissa Hoyer has also spoken about the tragic news: “Having known Charlotte for 20 years she was always bright, funny, beautiful and with a turn of phrase that would just make you laugh, no matter what she was talking about,” she she told news.com.au earlier today.
“While we hadn’t been hanging out as much over the last few years — as our careers took us in different directions — we always had fun exchanges, usually on her bittersweet social platform, Twitter.”
“Charlotte’s mental illness just seemed to be getting the better of her at times and it is such a tragedy that she has ended her life under such circumstances.
“All of us who have known her for such a long time, whether as friend, colleague or family are collectively in shock. I just hope she finds the peace that she wanted in every part of her life. May she rest in peace.”
The shocking news led to an immediate outpouring of grief on social media networks from family and friends.
In August 2012, Dawson was admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital after attempting to commit suicide when she was attacked by Twitter trolls for naming and shaming a Twitter user, who brutally told her to hang herself.
She received medical help in the psychiatric emergency unit.
“I’ve been banging on about this [bullying] for 12 years, I’m not giving up,” she told news.com.au last year. “They can keep attacking me if they want, but I’m going to keep going.”
Dawson checked herself into the same hospital in November 2013 after suffering a panic attack.
For support and information about suicide prevention, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
Story originally posted on News.com.au