The passing of American model and influencer Jeff Thomas, at the tender age of 35, has sent shockwaves throughout the industry and beyond. Despite conflicting reports regarding the cause of his death, the modeling community is grieving the loss of a rising star.
Contradictory Claims Surround Model's Death
Jeff's body was discovered in front of an apartment complex in Miami, and his agent Luli Batista of The Sovereign Talent Group believes that he may have fallen while attempting to take a selfie.
"I just can't believe it's true that he intentionally did this," said Batista in an interview with the Daily Mail. "He may have fallen while he was taking a selfie." According to Batista, Jeff was in high spirits just 24 hours before his untimely death. "He couldn't wait to tell me about his move to Miami.
He seemed thrilled and was proud of himself," she said. "He was happy, motivated, and excited for his next step, just loving life. I am so stunned. He was such a beautiful and sweet boy." However, Jeff's family has insinuated that he died by suicide after struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
"Jeff struggled with addiction and mental health challenges, which ultimately led to his tragic passing," shared Jeff's brother Skylar Ray Thomas on Facebook. Contradicting these claims, Jeff's cousin Meghan Rae vehemently denied the suggestion of suicide. "This was not a suicide.
To report otherwise is a complete disregard to his character and who he was," she said. "The information being published is false and defamatory. No further comments will be made by our family. Please respect our privacy and his memory during this difficult time." The modeling industry has lost a rising star in Jeff Thomas, and his death has sparked a flurry of conflicting claims and speculation. Regardless of the cause of his death, one thing is certain - he will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.