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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"My sweet Tinky, no words can express how devastated I feel at loosing you. Sweet delicate soul, you will be sorely missed. It’s impossible to comprehend that you are no longer here - we spoke on Wednesday and we planned lunch together next week and instead it’s the day of your funeral. I loved you from the moment I met you, such a special friendship you and I shared which I am so grateful for. My father also adored you, and I know he will be there with you in heaven. RIP my darling friend. All our memories are treasured in the depth of my heart"
"Annabelle you were a star... loved by all who knew you ... we shared years of friendship and experiences, ups downs RIP never to be forgotten you were a beautiful soul"
She shared an entire slideshow of photos of her with Annabelle, including Annabelle reading one of her Me, Me, Me books to Juliet's children.
"So many memories of you gorgeous Annabelle in the years we had together that I will cherish," Juliet wrote. "My heart deeply breaks as the little red bicycle you gave Truman from your MeMeMe’s has sat in my living room for months to give back to you, a daily reminder of how much you loved children, and I cannot believe that I won’t ever now get the chance to. We were all changed a little bit by you and will miss you very much. Angels be near you"
"oh darling Annabelle, wish I could go back to this moment and kiss and cuddle you again... - our paths crossed through a crazy adventure and even though you were way too rocknroll cool for this soccer mom, it was always love. How I will miss your cackle laugh, your magical spirit, and curling up for tea and natter...Rest In Peace beautiful girl. Love forever, your pink poodle x"
"You will be very missed @annabelleneilson1 to happier times together that I shall always treasure and remember with such fondness, may you find peace with the angels RIP xxxxx"