Supermodel Tatjana Patitz has passed away, aged 56

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Tatjana Patitz – who was considered to be one of the most famous models in the 1990s – has passed away aged just 56 after battling metastatic breast cancer. The sad news was confirmed by her modelling agency, as well as a representative for her family.

Patitz made a name for herself in the era of the supermodel, rising to fame alongside the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.

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She starred in various campaigns and appeared on countless catwalks for the biggest fashion houses in the world, including Chanel and Versace, and also made an appearance in George Michael's 'Freedom!' music video, which she starred in alongside a number of other supermodels.

Patitz was living in California at the time of her death, but she was actually born in Hamburg, and located to Sweden with her family when she was young. It was there that she, aged 17, came third in a modelling contest and decided to pursue the career.

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There has been an outpouring of support for Patitz on social media from the models, photographers and fashion editors who worked alongside her.

The Peter Lindbergh Foundation – the organisation named after the late photographer whom had worked very closely with Patitz over the years – paid tribute to her "kindness, inner beauty and outstanding intelligence". Supermodel Christy Turlington shared an emotional post about her friendship with Patitz, adding: "You are unforgettable and are forever in my heart."

Cindy Crawford also shared a heartfelt tribute.

"So sad to hear of the passing of the beautiful Tatjana Patitz," she wrote. "We were babies together in the fashion industry and I feel like we grew up together. We were in so many shoots together and backstage at shows. I found her soft-spoken, sensitive, kind, inquisitive and, who could ever forget those piercing eyes. Her love of animals and nature was infectious."

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