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Australian model Annalise Braakensiek found dead in her Sydney apartment

Australian model Annalise Braakensiek has been found dead in her Sydney apartment.

Police were called to the 46-year-old’s property in the suburb of Potts Point on Sunday afternoon after concerns were raised by friends.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, according to Sky News Australia.

Braakensiek featured in advertising campaigns and on magazine covers in Australia, the US, UK and Italy among others, since being discovered aged 16 by a photographer on Sydney’s Bondi beach.

As an actor she appeared on Australian game shows, comedies and soaps, including Home and Away.

Between 2002 and 2003 she was co-host of UK game show Play Your Cards Right.

She also designed underwear and jewellery and worked with cancer and animal welfare charities.

Later she became an ambassador for RUOK Day, which encourages people to ask the question of those close to them who might be struggling.

Annalise Braakensiek and husband Danny Goldberg seen in 2009

Braakensiek split from husband Danny Goldberg last year after 16 years

On their website she wrote: “I urge you to remember that even the smallest gesture, the simple sincere question of R U OK? can quite literally turn a life around.

“Listen to your gut and keep checking in with anyone one you’re worried about.”

Braakensiek had her own struggles with mental health and posted on Instagram in December that life’s challenges had been “deep, dark, difficult, demanding and downright scary lately”.

In 2017 she told the Sydney Morning Herald that she had struggled to deal with the deaths of people close to her.

“I couldn’t get out of bed,” she said. “I think I spent about six weeks in bed.

“I couldn’t do anything but cry my heart out – it was a very frightening feeling.”

At the time she had sought help from close family and used cognitive behavioural therapy and a healthy lifestyle in an effort to recover.

She said anyone could be affected by mental health problems, adding “success doesn’t come into it”.

She split from husband stockbroker Danny Goldberg last year after 16 years, posting on Instagram: “I don’t know if a broken heart mends or learns to live in pieces”.

RUOK chief executive Brendan Maher said the organisation was “still processing” the news.

“Nothing we have ever asked of Annalise was too much, she has stepped up time and time again to share our message, even when she was going through her own tough times,” he told the ABC.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more genuine, kind and sincere spokesperson.”

:: If you feel emotionally distressed or suicidal please call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

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Olamide advises Nigerians on handling police brutality

Popular Nigerian rapper, Olamide Adedeji has advised Nigerians to avoid confrontations when dealing with police personnel.

According to him, citizens should be very careful and sensitive when they are faced with any issue involving the police due to the incessant extra-judicial killings by security operatives.

Speaking via his verified Twitter handle on Friday, Olamide stressed that safeguarding one’s life was most important in such situations.

He also admonished the police to act better when addressing issues with the people, telling them to stop killing innocent citizens as it would add to the problems in their lives.

He wrote: “What is really going on? What is the way forward with this killing and police brutality? It’s increasing everyday and I feel ashamed because I know we all can do better

“And for you, oga police, no matter what you are going through just know taking an innocent life won’t solve your problem but add to your burden. We all can do better

“Everyone out there please try and be safe. there’s nothing more important in life than keeping yourself alive.

“I think it’s better you follow them to station than get into unnecessary argument that might lead to violence. We all can do better,” he wrote.

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Award winning Nollywood director, Ifeanyi Onyeabor is dead

Popular Nigerian movie director, Ifeanyi Onyeabor is dead.

While the cause of his death remains unknown, the remains of the deceased have been transferred to a morgue.

Actor Guild of Nigeria president, Emeka Rollas, confirmed Onyeabor’s death on Saturday.

“The movie industry has been dealt another blow. Ifeanyi Onyeabor has died while shooting a movie in Jos, Plateau State,” he said.

Onyeabor will be remembered for his ghetto-themed movie, New Jerusalem, which won him an award at the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA).

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Actress Rita Edochie refuses to celebrate her birthday because of Atiku

Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has said she did not celebrate her birthday yesterday in solidarity with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

She, however, called for prayers in order for Atiku to reclaim his allegedly stolen mandate in court.

According to the veteran actress, after many years of Independence, Nigerians deserve better than what they are getting from the current administration.

She wrote on her Instagram page yesterday: “TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY but i am not celebrating it, JUST MARKING it because NOTHING to CELEBRATE for.

“I feel that after so many years of independence, NIGERIA deserves better. EVERY RIGHT THINKING NIGERIAN should be WORRIED about what we are PASSING THROUGH today.

“The last general elections were the worst ever in the history of this country, INEC had enough time and resources to give Nigerians a free and fair elections but what HAPPENED?

“The most CONTROVERSIAL is the PRESIDENTIAL election which is now generating enough HEAT.

“The only birthday gift I need from my numerous fans across the globe is prayer so that now that President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar at headed for the tribunals, let the truth be told so that there will be peace and harmony in the country.

“Therefore, I DEDICATE my BIRTHDAY to my BOSS, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, for the truth to be told so that he will RECLAIM his MANDATE.”

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