Australian model found dead in Sydney home

An Australian model was found dead in her home yesterday, with police reporting that her death was not suspicious. 

Annalise Braakensiek, 46, of Sydney was said to be a "model, actor, jewellery designer, eco-warrior, vegetarian cook, animal rights activist and lover of travel, yoga, music and good humans", according to her Instagram page. 

Police and ambulance went to her apartment yesterday at 5.30pm (NZT), according to

Ms Braakensiek was deceased when they arrived. 

Her Facebook page states that "outside media and business commitments, Annalise willingly lends her time and energy to a number of cancer charities".

"Having lost her father to the disease, she works closely with the Starlight Foundation, Cancer Council and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre to raise vital money and awareness.

"She's also a tireless advocate for animal rights and has lent her name to campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Human Society International (HSI), and the RSPCA."

She had written on her Instagram page that 2018 had been a "turbulent year". 

"Life's challenges have been deep, dark, difficult, demanding and down right scary lately. For me and so many others I know. But today is a new day!"

Fans left tributes after learning of Ms Braakensiek's death, with one commenter writing: "Thoughts are with you beautiful soul. Biggest heart felt hugs & hope that you have found peace."

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