After Annabelle Neilson, 49, was found dead in her London home last Thursday, her former Ladies of London castmates are reflecting on her life and mourning her departure. For some like Caroline Stanbury, this friendship dates back decades.
Annabelle’s passing came as a surprise to all as just the weekend before the former model and children’s book author was partying with friends like Kate Moss at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding! After a tragic horseback riding accident in season 2 left her with a broken back and pelvis, Annabelle left the show but continued to keep in touch with some cast members.
In a statement to People Annabelle’s sister Camila Neilson shares that autopsy results reveal she died from a heart attack, not a stroke as originally reported. “Very sadly, we have been informed that my sister Annabelle, died as a result of a heart attack at home last Thursday. It has come as a complete shock, as she had many plans having recently returned from Spain.”
“My parents and I are devastated and shocked by this news. We would ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and Annabelle’s close friends during this very difficult time,” Camila’s statement continues. “We will not be making any further statement at this time. We thank you for your consideration.”
Sources say Annabelle never truly recovered from the suicide of her best friend, designer Alexander McQueen, in 2010. She was rumored to be the last person who saw him alive and was his long-time muse. She continued to be in a lot of pain related to her riding injuries but kept much of these feelings to herself, say sources.
“She was unique and spirited and really wonderful to watch and to know,” Andy Cohen added. “We’re just torn up about it here.”
What a shame – I always thought Annabelle with her extreme pedigree and lineage, as well as her Uber-famous fashion and society friends was a fascinating character, albeit a rather unconventional fit for reality TV. Below are memorials shared by Ladies of London cast members.
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