Model Couldn't Go On: Family

Stella Tennant's death at 50 was suicide
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2021 5:15 PM CST
Tennant's Death Was Suicide: Family
Stella Tennant poses during a photocall in 2018.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

The death of British supermodel Stella Tennant last month, was suicide, her family said. She was found dead in Scotland on Dec. 22, and her family didn't give a cause of death at the time. Relatives said they wanted their announcement now to increase awareness of mental health issues, Fox News reports. "Stella had been unwell for some time," a statement said. "So it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her." Tennant was 50. "She was a beautiful soul," her family said.

Tennant became a model after training as a sculptor and graduating from art school. She was in demand, landing magazine covers and working for Chanel and Versace, per the Guardian. Tennant married, moved to an 18-century house in Scotland and had four children but remained active in modeling, opening the Valentino couture show a year ago. After Tennant died, model Linda Evangelista posted a photo of the two, saying it was taken at Tennant's second job. "That was the day I found out I wasn't cool," Evangelista said. "I had just met the coolest person I would ever meet." (Read more obituary stories.)

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