Stella Tennant took her own life after struggles with mental health

Jessica Davis
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Photo credit: Pamela Hanson for Harper's Bazaar
Photo credit: Pamela Hanson for Harper's Bazaar

From Harper's BAZAAR

Stella Tennant took her own life after struggling with her mental health, her family has confirmed.

Her loved ones publicly paid tribute to the model for the first time since her death was announced in December, saying she was a “beautiful soul” whose “creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many”.

They confirmed that Tennant was “unwell for some time” and felt “unable to go on”.

Investigations concluded that she took her own life after she was found dead at her home in Scotland on 22 December, days after her 50th birthday.

Photo credit: Pamela Hanson for Harper's Bazaar UK
Photo credit: Pamela Hanson for Harper's Bazaar UK

Her family told The Telegraph in a statement: "We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.

"She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many.

"Stella had been unwell for some time. 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. In grieving Stella’s loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue."

Photo credit: Pool ARNAL/PAT - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool ARNAL/PAT - Getty Images

A former Harper's Bazaar cover star, Tennant was one of the best-known British models of this generation and was famed for her androgynous style. Beginning her career almost 30 years ago, Tennant worked for some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, from Chanel to Valentino and was a muse to fashion legends Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

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