Actress, Lisa Lynn Masters was found dead in her hotel room, in an apparent suicide, People is reporting.
The 52-year-old was found dead, Tuesday inside her closet at the Nuevo Mundo hotel in Lima, Peru. She had hung herself with her skirt. Authorities say they recovered anti-depressants and also two suicide notes where she talked about her mental health challenges.
Masters had starred in many TV shows and movies including Ugly Betty, It’s Complicated, The Stepford Wives, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Gossip Girl, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and most recently Nashville.
The actress who started out as a model was in Peru for a modeling assignment.
Her friends have rallied round and set up a GoFundMe page to bring her body back to the United States. According to them, Masters’ husband, a healing arts practitioner, would find it difficult to do it all on his own. The page set up by Ani Mason on his behalf communicated the shock everyone felt at her death.
“Our dear friend Lisa Masters passed away tragically and unexpectedly…Lisa’s genuine warmth, generosity, and tenacious strength will be deeply missed. Lisa’s beloved husband is shocked and grieving her loss. In the midst of his mourning, William faces daunting financial challenges, including the substantial funeral and transport expenses for Lisa in and between Peru and the United States…As friends of William and Lisa, we are organizing to raise money to cover preparation and freight charges for shipment of Lisa’s remains.”
As of the time of this report, $35,378 had been raised for Lisa Lynn Masters.
Her agent, Christopher D. Silveri, confirmed the death of the 52-year-old actress, adding that the privacy of her family should be respected and that people remember her for the good things that she did.
“In these darkening days, we hope those who have had the pleasure of knowing her will see how brightly she shined and will find the light within themselves and continue to share it with others—just as she would have.”
The model and veteran TV actress was born in Omaha, Nebraska, starting out as a news reporter before moving to New York to chase a modeling career. Her career made her appear in dozens of TV commercials before she eventually got a big break in The Stepford Wives. She went on to rack up an impressive TV resume since her TV series debut in 2004. The Brooklyn resident had also starred in the Broadway comedy All in the Timing: The Universal Language and independent flick, Blumenthal.
Lisa Masters is not the first celebrity to reportedly take her life battling depression. In 2014, funny man, Robin Williams hung himself in his California home. The 63-year-old had been battling drug addiction and depression. He was discovered shortly after noon when his personal assistant became concerned when he did not answer the knocks on his door.
Williams left behind a legacy of Hollywood success, a career spanning decades and movies which made over $5 billion at the box office. His movie credits include: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fisher King, Jumanji, Hook, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Good Will Hunting.
L’Wren Scott, fashion designer and stylist to the stars also took her life in 2014. The 49-year-old was dating Mick Jagger and was dressing Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Renée Zellweger. She was found dead in her $5.6 million Manhattan apartment by her assistant. She was fully clothed and had hung herself with a black silk scarf. She did not leave a suicide note.
In 2010, fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, took his life a day before his mother’s funeral. The 40-year-old was named “British Designer of the Year” four times. His clients included Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama. He was found dead during New York Fashion Week.
Former Bachelor star, Gia Allemand hung herself with a vacuum cleaner cord in her New Orleans apartment, in 2015. The 29-year-old had recently had a fight with her NBA-player boyfriend, Ryan Anderson. The dance instructor had suffered bouts of depression before her suicide.
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