On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Miami Police Department confirmed to People that officers found Thomas’s body in an apartment building in Miami on 8 March.
Thomas, who has more than 121,000 followers on Instagram, was signed with AMCK Models, a men’s modelling agency in London. He was also the founder and director of his own art consulting agency, One Popsicle.
Officers also told People that while the model died of an apparent suicide, the case is still open, with the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner explaining that his cause of death is not yet determined.
The news was first shared by TMZ on Thursday morning, with the publication reporting that officers are still investigating Thomas’ death.
As noted on One Popsicle’s website, Thomas also majored in International Business at Texas State University, before starting his arts and modelling career.
Thomas’ most recent Instagram post, which was shared on 8 March, featured a photo of him lounging in an outdoor pool in Miami. “A cold plunge a day keeps the doctor away,” he captioned the image,” along with hashtags: #coldplunge#wellness#mentalhealth.
Many fans and famous faces have now gone to the comments section of Thomas’ post to share sweet tributes.
“Rest in Love,” model Sasha Colby wrote, while writer Evan Ross Katz added: “Heartbroken.”
Kris Haigh, Vice President of luxury clothing store Vince, added: “I met you many years ago in NY. You never failed to bring an up beat energy every time I saw you. We never know what people are really going through. I will use this as a reminder to ask people how they are more even when they seem happy on the outside. RIP Jeff.”
The Independent has contacted AMCK Models and One Popsicle for comment.
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