New Zealand TV personality and model Charlotte Dawson has
died suddenly in Sydney.
The popular television presenter is understood to have been
found by a security guard this morning at her home in
Dawson, 47, had long battled depression.
Dawson left New Zealand in 2007, telling a newspaper her
reputation had been damaged by "nasty snipes" so badly that
"I can't come back because people don't want to employ me".
Police are yet to release details of the death but have said
there were no suspicious circumstances.
In Australia, the TV star appeared on Channel 10's The
Project only on Friday night to talk about bullying on
Dawson was found dead in her Sydney home on Saturday and her
death was confirmed by police at 11.18am.
In 2012 she was hospitalised after she was the target of
Twitter trolls abusing her on social media.
She was a vocal anti-bullying campaigner and had been
campaigning for cancer resources.
Dawson moved to Europe at age 16 and then onto New York. She
relocated to Australia at age 26 and 1997 became the fashion
director for Woman's Day and then style editor for New Idea.
Dawson was the face of Peter Morrissey's fashion label. She
has also been a regular panellist on Beauty and the Beast and
a guest on Burke's Backyard.
In 2008 Charlotte became the host of Australia's Next Top
Model's finale. She also hosted the Foxtel series Runway To
In 2012 Charlotte Dawson competed in the second season of The
Celebrity Apprentice Australia and had recently been setting
up a homeware range.
Dawson often appeared on morning and breakfast television
shows, last appearing on the Nine Network's Morning Show on
She was once married to troubled Olympic swimmer Scott
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