Supermodel Stella Tennant, who died last month at the age of 50, committed suicide after struggling with mental health problems, her family has confirmed.
The aristocratic model, in whose career she appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes and Burberry, died on December 22nd at her home in Duns, Scotland.
In a public statement, the model's family has now said that the model, whose "creativity, intelligence and humor touched so many," "had been uncomfortable for some time" and "felt unable to move on."
A family spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: “Stella has been unwell for some time. So it is a matter of our deepest sadness and despair that she felt unable to move on despite the love of those closest to her.
Stella Tennant, who died last month at the age of 50, has "been unwell for some time" and "felt unable to move on," her family told The Daily Telegraph
"In mourning for Stella's loss, her family heartily renews that respect for their privacy should continue."
A family source also told the newspaper that it was "important to raise awareness about mental health," which has been too often misunderstood.
Ms. Tennant is survived by her former husband, David Lasnet, and their four children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine, and Iris, aged 15 to 22.
The model was the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, and Deborah Mitford, one of the most famous aristocratic siblings.
Her first shoot did the cover of British Vogue in December 1993, which Ms. Tennant later said was "accidental" and at the end of the day she was asked to do a Versace campaign in Paris to cover it ended the Italian edition.
Known for her androgynous looks in the heyday of the 90s, the model soon became a muse for Karl Lagerfeld, who the fashion designer attributed to her resemblance to Coco Chanel.
Ms. Tennant also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes and Burberry before she retired in 1998 when she was pregnant with her first child.
The model said her first shoot for British Vogue in December 1993 came about "by accident".
Known for her androgynous looks in her heyday in the 1990s, Ms. Tennant became a muse for Karl Lagerfeld (pictured together in 2012)
Mrs. Tennant was pictured at her wedding to David Lasnet in 1999 at Oxnam Kirk Church
She later returned to the runway and worked behind the camera on several campaigns.
The model also had a keen interest in sculpture and ran a luxury homeware brand with her sister Issy, a studio in their Berwickshire home.
In August it became known that Ms. Tennant had separated from her husband David Lasnet after 21 years of marriage.
The couple met when Mrs. Tennant was at the height of her fame and when he was working as an assistant for Mario Testino and was hired to do a New York shoot with her.
After a high profile social wedding, they lived together near their parents' sprawling 16th-century estate in the Scottish Borders and had four children.
Mr Lasnet was later inspired to change his profession and became an osteopath after their son Marcel had whooping cough as a toddler.
Mrs. Tennant was the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, and Deborah Mitford, one of the best-known aristocratic siblings
Last month there was a lot of grief following the model's death, and former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman recognized “one of the most beautiful people to work with and an extraordinary beauty. And devoted mother. & # 39;
Fashion designer Stella McCartney directed the honors received online for Ms. Tennant, writing, “My beloved Stella, I love you and will miss you so, so terribly. What sad, terrible news to end this already shocking year!
“My heart goes out to your stunning family who must be in such undeserved pain. I am speechless … rest in peace, you inspiring woman.
“Your soul and inner beauty have surpassed external perfection, Stella. May you ride the most perfect horse high above all of us, forever in peace. & # 39;
Elsewhere, British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful wrote: “R.I.P. friendly and wonderful Stella. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. & # 39;
For confidential assistance, call the Samaritans at 116 123 or visit a local Samaritan office at www.samaritans.org.
(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) messages