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Australian TV star commits suicide after receiving abuse on Twitter

australiaCyber tormenting and social media bullies who troll others have added another casualty in Australian star and  former model Charlotte Dawson famed for TV shows such as ‘Australia’s Next Top Model, the New Zealand-born star, 47, had a history of depression

She was found dead in her Sydney apartment yesterday morning February 22nd. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. She had taken prescription tablets with wine and tweeted: ‘you win’ in a suicide note to her cyber tormentors

..In 2012, she was admitted to a Sydney hospital after a suicide attempt following an ongoing tirade of abuse on Twitter.

 She later made fighting bullying her personal mission, waging an anti-bullying media campaign on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines as well as her beloved Twitter. Her efforts and high public profile on the issue were recognized by the National Rugby League, a major Australian football association, which last year made her an anti-bullying ambassador.

 Dawson revealed in her 2012 autobiography ‘Air Kiss & Tell’ that she was frequently visited by the ‘depression bogeyman’. She had long graced the pages of women’s gossip magazines and scenes in reality TV shows. Her modeling career had taken her to Italy, Britain and Germany during the 1980s.  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news of her death. The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney reported Sunday that her body was found only minutes before her luxury waterside apartment was due to be sold at auction.


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