An­nalise Braak­en­siek

AN­NALISE BRAAK­EN­SIEK The ’90s It girl was found dead in her apart­ment in Syd­ney’s Potts Point

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MODEL AN­NALISE Braak­en­siek, 46, was found dead in her in­ner-city Syd­ney apart­ment on Jan. 6, af­ter po­lice were alerted by close friends and fam­ily who be­came con­cerned when she failed to an­swer their calls and text mes­sages. Po­lice said her death was not sus­pi­cious and a re­port will be pre­pared for the coro­ner.

In a so­cial me­dia post to her 40,000 fol­low­ers on Dec. 15, the former star of SBS sit­com Pizza shared that “Ev­ery­thing seems to feel twisted and up­side down at the mo­ment.”

Braak­en­siek had parted ways with her stock­bro­ker hus­band Danny Gold­berg in April 2018 af­ter 16 years. A deleted In­sta­gram post hinted at hurt: “I don’t know if a bro­ken heart mends,” she wrote, “or learns to live in pieces.”

The jew­ellery cre­ator and lin­gerie de­signer, who also ap­peared on Home and Away and Heart­break High, had long been open about her bat­tle with men­tal ill­ness, a topic she said “has so so many mis­con­cep­tions, crit­i­cism, mis­un­der­stand­ings and false judg­ments still,” in a Novem­ber In­sta­gram post. “Thank you from the bot­tom of my heart to all of you who have helped me through my dark clouds.”

In 2017, the ve­gan cook was an am­bas­sador for RUOK? Day and spoke about the scru­tiny she felt in ad­mit­ting her strug­gle with de­pres­sion. “It was the … neg­a­tive re­ac­tion peo­ple had to me be­ing de­pressed and fall­ing un­der the dark cloud,” Braak­en­siek told The Daily Edi­tion. “In many ways, my life is won­der­ful, for which I’m ex­tremely grate­ful and there’s no doubt­ing that, 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 around the world…’ That’s got noth­ing to do with this.”

Mean­while, news.com.au and Seven com­men­ta­tor Melissa Hoyer has paid trib­ute: “Vi­va­cious, com­pas­sion­ate, warm and clever, An­nalise was a woman who al­ways had time to talk and to lis­ten. To any­one. She al­ways re­minded me of some ex­tra­or­di­nary Vik­ing god­dess – so strong and seem­ingly age­less.” • If you or some­one you know needs sup­port, help is avail­able from Life­line on 13 11 14.

The ac­tress’ Potts Point home where she moved af­ter her break-up.

In De­cem­ber, Braak­en­siek wrote on In­sta­gram that she had a “chal­leng­ing year.”

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