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.

1. TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson has been found dead at her Woolloomooloo apartment.

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2. 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.

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


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

“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”

“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)

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)

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)

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)

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

— RACHEL HUNTER (@rachelhunterx)

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

— Jesinta Campbell (@JesintaCampbell)

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

— Ryan Fitzgerald (@FitzySA)

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

— Sonia Kruger (@SoniaKruger)

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

— Carrie Bickmore (@BickmoreCarrie)

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)

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

— Stephanie Rice (@ItsStephRice)

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)

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

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe)

21. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted a tribute.

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

— John Key (@johnkeypm)

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

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

23. 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)

24. 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)

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

— Olivia Anderson (@OliviaJAndo)

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

— Andrew Heslop (@AndrewHeslop)

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

— David Zdrilic (@Zdrila)

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

— Troy Khan (@TK150580)

30. For 24/7 crisis support & suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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