Actress, model and lifestyle blogger Annalise Braakensiek has died suddenly at the age of 46.
Police and ambulance crews found her dead in her apartment on Sunday afternoon after friends and family became concerned about her whereabouts.
A model since her teenage years, Braakensiek’s big break came when she was awarded Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994. She went on to a successful international modelling career, featuring on the covers of magazines including Cosmopolitan (US), Loaded (UK) and Maxim (Italy) and appearing in numerous ad campaigns.
She made a move into acting, appearing in Home And Away, Heartbreak High and the film Mr Accident. But her most prominent role came in the SBS comedy Pizza and movie spin-off Fat Pizza, playing the part of Claudia Macpherson.
She later appeared in the ABC series Sleuth 101 and co-hosted the UK game show Play Your Cards Right. Fluent in four languages, she also appeared on German MTV.
Other TV appearances included All Star Squares, Greeks On The Roof, Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice, The Chaser’s War On Everything and 20 To 1.
In recent years, she achieved success as a lifestyle blogger and jewellery designer.
Braakensiek had made public her battle with depression and had also been an advocate for RUOK? Day in 2017.