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Well This Is Bizarre: Australia’s Next Top Model Host Found Dead


Charlotte Dawson, a model/actress/TV presenter, was the host of Australia’s Next Top Model. She was found dead in her apartment yesterday, Saturday the 22nd of February. She was only 47 and there’s no clear cause of death. It’s bizarre.

From People:

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a realtor had entered Dawson’s two-bedroom waterfront apartment to prepare it for a viewing. The agent found Dawson’s body and notified police. Authorities say there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

The day before her death, Dawson – who had a history of depression and reportedly attempted to commit suicide in 2012 – supposedly filmed a morning TV show, had brunch with a friend and was photographed walking in the sunshine, looking happy and relaxed.

Perhaps she decided to commit suicide? People also mentions that in 2012, she got numerous death threats:

In August 2012, she received hundreds of online death threats after she became involved with anti-cyberbullying organization Community Brave. An online group began a sustained campaign of Twitter harassment, telling her to “stick your head in a toaster” and “go hang yourself.” After fighting back against the bullies, it seems she finally gave up.

“Hope this ends the misery,” she reportedly Tweeted, attaching a picture of a handful of pills. “You win.” She spent two days under psychiatric observation. In an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes, she called the incident “really humiliating and embarrassing,” but claimed to be recovering from it.

It seems most likely that whatever happened to her, she did by her own hand, but since details are so scant, who knows. She could have also died in a sudden but “natural” way, like celebrity stylist Annabel Tollman, who died of a clot at the age of 39 in June of 2013.

So sad. Friend Russell Crowe tweeted, “Charley D…Just don’t understand. There’s not enough kind souls as it is. Rest in peace.”

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  • cyberbullying sucks…but you know what i DON’T understand..she is receiving all this twitter harrassment…how about closing your account…or your facebook account if it happens there. it is so sad to see people depressed over what others post on their twitter or facebook…DELETE THE ACCOUNT! you don’t HAVE to have one. now here is this poor woman who caves to the bullies…it’s just sad to me…so sad.

    • Thank you for showing exactly how little you know about the Internet. Threats don’t go away because you shut down your accounts, even more so if you are a celebrity. And, furthermore, why should we give in to people who want to drive us out of PUBLIC SPACES because we dare speak up? Your nickname describes you really well.

      • Why is what Blonde… said so stupid? If she stops reading the shit ppl are saying how does it continue?

        If a tree falls in the forest and NO body is there to hear it Does it make a sound?

      • How, by also shutting down the official Facebook page (every celebrity has one)? The official Twitter and Facebook accounts of the show she presented? By asking every single newspaper to not allow comments on stories about her? By avoiding being seen in public –because celebrities get heckled in public, too–? By asking her friends and relatives to also shut down their twitter accounts? Avoiding that sort of comments as a celebrity is impossible, and pretty much as an individual too.

      • Hmm. Looks like Alec Baldwin is having a similar problem. According to him, he has been chased out of public life due to being constantly harassed by paparazzi and LGBT groups.

      • No, you’re right, what C. Dawson did was far more sensible. But I suppose we’re not all experts on the Internet, are we? Oh, and way to bully blondewithnobrain. Breaking the cycle of hate, eh?

  • I hadn’t heard about this woman until I moved to Australia when the internet harassment was occuring. I recall she got some mental health help at that point. The media coverage was excellent in Australia, drawing attention to mental illness and the resources available to people. However, when I’d go online to read about her, you would not believe the vitrol thrown at her. It’s all very sad.

    She was obviously suffering, and had, atleast at one point, attempted to get help.

    I hope instead of harassing and blaming this woman we can have a meaningful conversation about depression, and mental health.

    May she have finally found peace.