Police in Sydney, Australia found the lifeless body of model-actress Annalise Braakensiek, 46, in her apartment Jan. 6, while responding to a welfare check requested by friends, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
While police ruled out foul play, a precise cause and time of of death had yet to be determined. Investigators say the beauty’s body may have laid dead for days before police discovered it.
Friends told police they had not heard from Annalise for three days before the discovery, which they described as out of character for their chatty pal.
The blonde stunner’s following grew during her turn on the popular Aussie comedy series Pizza, in which she played ditzy supermodel Claudia MacPherson.
She also maintained a lively Instagram feed where, in addition to touting her jewelry designs and vegan cooking passions, she chronicled her battles with depression.
A Dec. 4 post read, in part: “Hanging in there by the hair on my chiny chin chin…. ? Sheesh it’s been a challenging year for so many of us, am I right?!?! My biggest challenge was not having my own home (for a year now)!!!!?!!”
After her 16-year marriage to stockbroker Danny Goldberg ended in April, 2018, Annalise posted on Instagram: “I don’t know if a broken heart mends or learns to live in pieces.” The message was later deleted, according to news.com.au.
Annalise’s public battle with depression led to her serving in 2017 as an ambassador for Australia’s RUOK? Day, a suicide prevention program that encourages people to check in on people who might be at risk of self-harm.
“In many ways my life is wonderful, for which I’m extremely grateful and there’s no doubting that,” she told an interviewer at the time. “But when you’re suffering these kinds of things for people to say how dare you — you’re a model, you’re a millionaire, you’re round the world. That’s got nothing to do with this.”
If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).