Stella Tennant ‘felt unable to go on’ after being unwell, family say

The family of Stella Tennant have confirmed the model took her own life, saying she "felt unable to go on" after being "unwell for some time".

The aristocratic model, who died five days after her 50th birthday on December 17, was also described as "a beautiful soul".

Police Scotland said at the time there were no suspicious circumstances.

The statement from her family on Thursday said: "We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.

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British model Stella Tennant poses during a photocall before the Metiers D'Art Show for Chanel fashion house in Paris, France, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Aristocratic supermodel Stella Tennant stepped down the aisle with French born David Lasnet in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders.
Model Stella Tennant presents a creation at the Oxfam catwalk show using second-hand charity clothes during London Fashion Week in London, Britain February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Model Stella Tennant poses before attending the Chanel Fall/Winter 2016/2017 women's ready-to-wear collection show in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre(R) acknowledges the applause on the catwalk with top model Stella Tennant (L) after presenting his women's Autumn/Winter 2003/2004 collection, March 2, 2003, in Milan. The Milan fashion shows run until March 4. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini SR/AA
Scottish model Stella Tennant presents a creation by french designer Yves Saint Laurent during his 2001-2002 autumn-winter haute couture collection in Paris July 11, 2001. Paris fashion week ends today.
Pregnant Scottish supermodel Stella Tennant shows off an evening gown from fashion house Burberry during their autumn/winter show at London Fashion Week February 16. Designers from all over the world are attending the week to showcase their latest catwalk designs.
British model Stella Tennant (R) wears a creation as part of Versace's Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear women's collection 2001/02 in Milan February 28, 2001. The Milan fashion shows will run until March 6. PC
British top model Stella Tennant on the catwalk to present Gianfranco Ferre' Spring/ Summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection September 29. The Milan's fashion will end on October 1 with Versace's collection. SR/ME
British model Stella Tennat display a sequined mini dress embroidered with the U.K. flag as part of Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection at a Milan fashion show, September 30. The Milan shows will end on October 1 with Versace's collection. SR/CLH/HB
Scottish model Stella Tennant presents this purple velvet turtleneck and jet embroidered tights as part of the 1999-2000 Autumn/Winter high fashion collection by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, July 18. ??»
British model Stella Tennant displays Fendi's collection at Milan's spring/summer ready-to-wear collection October 7. Fendi's German designer Karl Lagerfeld's collection included leather and fur bikinis for next summer's beaches when he unveiled his collection for the Italian Fendi fashion house. ITALY FASHION
Scottish model Stella Tennant presents this purple velvet turtleneck and jet embroidered tights as part of the 1999-2000 Autumn/Winter high fashion collection by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, July 18. MAL/CLH/
Top British model Stella Tennant for French fashion house Givenchy designed by Britain's Alexander McQueen presents this beige fur jacket with platted fur head dress of his Autumn/Winter 1997-98 High fashion collection July 7.
Top British models Naomi Campbell (R) and Stella Tennant (L) for French fashion house Chanel pose with German designer Karl Lagerfeld after he presented his Spring/Summer 1997 High fashion collection January 21.
Stella Tennant and Luke Treadaway attending the Pringle of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2015 London Fashion Week show, at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.
Aristocratic supermodel Stella Tennant prepares to leave with French-born David Lasnet following their wedding in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders.
British model Stella Tennant arrives for the "Goddess" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA.
Stella Tennant arriving at the British Fashion Awards 2011, the Savoy Hotel, London.
Aristocratic supermodel Stella Tennant with French-born David Lasnet following the wedding in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders.
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"She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many.

"Stella had been unwell for some time. So, it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her.

"In grieving Stella's loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue."

The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford, Tennant rose to fame in the 1990s, walking the runway for designers including Versace and Alexander McQueen.

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Tennant married photographer David Lasnet in 1999 (David Cheskin/PA)

She was among models representing the British fashion industry during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

Tennant married French-born photographer David Lasnet in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders in 1999. They had four children together.

In 1993, aged 23, Tennant broke into modelling, posing for magazines such as French, British and Italian Vogue as well as Harper's Bazaar.

Later that decade Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel with an exclusive modelling contract, and she became a muse for the fashion designer which he attributed to her resemblance to Coco Chanel.

She was inducted as Model of the Year in the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame in June 2012.

In an Instagram tribute after Tennant's death, Stella McCartney wrote: "What sad, horrific news to end this already shocking year.

"My heart goes out to your stunning family who must be in such underserving pain.

"I am speechless... Rest in peace, you inspiring woman.

"Your soul and inner beauty exceeded the external perfection, Stella."

Victoria Beckham also paid tribute to Tennant on Instagram at the time, saying: "So saddened to hear the devastating news about Stella Tennant.

"She was an incredible talent and someone I had so much admiration and respect for."

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