Charlotte Dawson, Bullied Aussie Celebrity, an Apparent Suicide (Video)

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Monday, 24 Feb 2014 10:25 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Charlotte Dawson, a New Zealand-born TV personality best known as a former judge on "Australia's Next Top Model" and a target of cyber-bullies, was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend. She was 47.

A realtor who was supposed to inspect Dawson's Sydney apartment for a showing Saturday morning reportedly found her body and called police, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to those close to her, Dawson has been struggling with depression for years. She even attempted suicide once before in 2012 after receiving hundreds of death threats from cyber-bullies telling her to "stick your head in a toaster" and "go hang yourself."

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"Hope this ends the misery," she reportedly tweeted at the time, attaching a picture of a handful of pills. "You win."

She was hospitalized briefly and later told "60 Minutes" she was "really humiliating and embarrassing [but] I will recover from this."

Much of Dawson's personal struggles stem from her short-lived marriage to Olympic swimmer Scott Miller from 1999 to 2000. After their divorce, Miller battled a methamphetamine addiction and racked up multiple convictions for other drug offenses.

He recently gave a tell-all interview on "60 Minutes," which Dawson said just last week she probably wouldn’t watch.

"I continue to fight my depression — it's a b**** of a thing — and I fear watching something like this as it's the most painful time in my life," she told Fairfax Media in what would be her final interview.

"I will be with a friend, but I am not looking forward to it. It was a painful time in my life and it might not be good for me. To me it's well over 10 years ago. This broke me very much. I had to go away for five years and leave this country and rebuild my life . . . I've adjusted and moved on but it is still very painful."

Here's a clip of Dawson talking about her struggle with depression and cyber-bullying:

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