A Shocked Australia Mourns The Loss Of Charlotte Dawson

47-year-old Australia's Next Top Model Judge found dead in Sydney. Dawson was hospitalised in 2012 after cyber bullying by Twitter trolls.

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The New Zealand-born celebrity, 47, had a history of depression and had been admitted to hospital in 2012 after vicious social media attacks following her criticism of cyber bullying by Twitter trolls.

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Dawson arriving at the Australia's Next Top Model Finale in Sydney, September 2013.

Her close friend and fellow Australia's Next Top Model judge Alex Perry led the tributes.

Instagram: @alexperry007

"WE LOST A BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT, SHINING GIRL TODAY... REST IN PEACE MY SWEETHEART...I LOVE YOU. X"

Friends in Australia and around the world took to social media to express their grief.

Instagram: @megankgale

"Words just seem insufficient right now and can't come close to expressing just how much you will be missed Charlotte.. You were a fantastic woman, friend and work colleague who always knew how to make people laugh and you gave the best advice. You've left us far too soon, but I pray now that you've found peace and are at rest - Love Megan xxxx"

Instagram: @didiercohen

"I wish you knew how much you were loved.. I love and miss you forever... I can't believe this.., RIP"

Heartbroken to hear news that Charlotte Dawson has died. In shock right now. U will always have a special place in our hearts Charlotte. RIP

Kyle and Jackie O@kyleandjackieo

Heartbroken to hear news that Charlotte Dawson has died. In shock right now. U will always have a special place in our hearts Charlotte. RIP

01:08 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I am devastated by the news that @MsCharlotteD has taken her life in Sydney. She was a mentor, a friend and beautiful human. #RIPCharlotte

Benjamin Norris@BenjaminJNorris

I am devastated by the news that @MsCharlotteD has taken her life in Sydney. She was a mentor, a friend and beautiful human. #RIPCharlotte

01:19 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We may not have always seen eye to eye, but I'm very sad and feel very sick about the death of Charlotte Dawson. May you find peace now.

Ruby Rose@RubyRose

We may not have always seen eye to eye, but I'm very sad and feel very sick about the death of Charlotte Dawson. May you find peace now.

01:21 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So sad to hear the news of Charlotte Dawson's passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time #RIPCharlotte

Alex Fevola@AlexFevola

So sad to hear the news of Charlotte Dawson's passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time #RIPCharlotte

01:22 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Charlotte Dawson . I'm devastated such an amazing woman & kind soul. Heartbreaking !

RACHEL HUNTER@rachelhunterx

RIP Charlotte Dawson . I'm devastated such an amazing woman & kind soul. Heartbreaking !

01:26 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So tragic. Life is so precious. RIP Charlotte ❤️ May heaven be a happier place for you x

Jesinta Campbell@JesintaCampbell

So tragic. Life is so precious. RIP Charlotte ❤️ May heaven be a happier place for you x

01:30 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To the beautiful Charlotte Dawson. Your infectious personality will be sorely missed #RIPCharlotte

Ryan Fitzgerald@FitzySA

To the beautiful Charlotte Dawson. Your infectious personality will be sorely missed #RIPCharlotte

01:30 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Charlotte Dawson. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.

Sonia Kruger@SoniaKruger

Deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Charlotte Dawson. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.

01:42 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A wave of sadness has washed over me this afternoon. To anyone suffering alone please call lifeline 131114. #RIPCharlotte

Carrie Bickmore@BickmoreCarrie

A wave of sadness has washed over me this afternoon. To anyone suffering alone please call lifeline 131114. #RIPCharlotte

01:46 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sad, sad, sad news about the glorious Charlotte Dawson... Mental illness is a dirty, black dog and she did so much to help countless people

Jessica Rowe@msjrowe

Sad, sad, sad news about the glorious Charlotte Dawson... Mental illness is a dirty, black dog and she did so much to help countless people

02:07 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I hope Charlotte's friends know they did love her enough...sometimes the pain is too deep. Such a sad day. #Lifeline131114

tracy grimshaw@tracygrimshaw

I hope Charlotte's friends know they did love her enough...sometimes the pain is too deep. Such a sad day. #Lifeline131114

02:35 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I have just heard the incredibly devastating news about Charlotte Dawson. I'm in shock. May this beautiful lady Rest in Peace.

Stephanie Rice@ItsStephRice

I have just heard the incredibly devastating news about Charlotte Dawson. I'm in shock. May this beautiful lady Rest in Peace.

02:37 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

My whole family is devastated at death of Charlotte. We shared a common love of basketball & Sydney Kings.She was always so kind to my girls

david koch@kochie_online

My whole family is devastated at death of Charlotte. We shared a common love of basketball & Sydney Kings.She was always so kind to my girls

02:45 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Charley D...Just don't understand. There's not enough kind souls as it is. Rest in peace.

Russell Crowe@russellcrowe

Charley D...Just don't understand. There's not enough kind souls as it is. Rest in peace.

03:13 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted a tribute.

Shocked and saddened to hear of Charlotte Dawson’s death.

John Key@johnkeypm

Shocked and saddened to hear of Charlotte Dawson’s death.

02:16 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another close friend, news.com.au Editor-at-Large Melissa Hoyer remembered a happier moment.

Instagram: @melissahoyer

"Charlotte Dawson - really remember how happy & relaxed she was here. 18 months ago. & the picture shows."

Hoyer left a beautiful tribute on Twitter.

Troubled. Funny. Opinionated. Wry. Clever. Beautiful. Passionate. Wanting to b loved. That's the Charlotte Dawson many of us knew. Rest now.

Melissa Hoyer@melissahoyer

Troubled. Funny. Opinionated. Wry. Clever. Beautiful. Passionate. Wanting to b loved. That's the Charlotte Dawson many of us knew. Rest now.

01:11 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many were quick to link Dawson's death to the abuse she had suffered at the hands of anonymous Twitter trolls.

I hope all of the social media trolls reevaluate their lives and actions today. #RIPCharlotte

Jarrod Walsh@jarrodwalsh

I hope all of the social media trolls reevaluate their lives and actions today. #RIPCharlotte

01:16 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter trolls take note - your words affect people much more than you think #RIPCharlotte

Olivia Anderson@OliviaJAndo

Twitter trolls take note - your words affect people much more than you think #RIPCharlotte

01:22 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you, or someone you know, is living with depression and anxiety @beyondblue can help http://t.co/47x81N1VxU #RIPCharlotte #mentalhealth

Andrew Heslop@AndrewHeslop

If you, or someone you know, is living with depression and anxiety @beyondblue can help http://t.co/47x81N1VxU #RIPCharlotte #mentalhealth

01:51 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just so sick of these faceless trolls- Big difference between having an opinion and straight out cruelty, bullying and hate #ripcharlotte

David Zdrilic@Zdrila

Just so sick of these faceless trolls- Big difference between having an opinion and straight out cruelty, bullying and hate #ripcharlotte

02:00 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bullying is not cool ... it kills! #RIPCharlotte

Troy Khan@TK150580

Bullying is not cool ... it kills! #RIPCharlotte

02:16 PM - 22 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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