Charlotte Dawson found dead in Sydney home

By Bevan Hurley, with additional reporting by The Herald online, AAP

Charlotte Dawson. Photo / Getty Images
Charlotte Dawson. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi TV personality and model Charlotte Dawson has died suddenly in Sydney.

The popular television presenter is understood to have been found by a security guard this morning at her home in Woolloomooloo.

Dawson, 47, had long battled depression.

Dawson left New Zealand in 2007, telling a newspaper her reputation had been damaged by "nasty snipes" so badly that "I can't come back because people don't want to employ me".

Police are yet to release details of the death but have said there were no suspicious circumstances.

In Australia, the TV star appeared on Channel 10's The Project only on Friday night to talk about bullying on Twitter.

Dawson was found dead in her Sydney home on Saturday and her death was confirmed by police at 11.18am.

In 2012 she was hospitalised after she was the target of Twitter trolls abusing her on social media.

She was a vocal anti-bullying campaigner and had been campaigning for cancer resources.

Dawson moved to Europe at age 16 and then onto New York. She relocated to Australia at age 26 and 1997 became the fashion director for Woman's Day and then style editor for New Idea.

Dawson was the face of Peter Morrissey's fashion label. She has also been a regular panellist on Beauty and the Beast and a guest on Burke's Backyard.

In 2008 Charlotte became the host of Australia's Next Top Model's finale. She also hosted the Foxtel series Runway To LA.

In 2012 Charlotte Dawson competed in the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia and had recently been setting up a homeware range.

Dawson often appeared on morning and breakfast television shows, last appearing on the Nine Network's Morning Show on Friday.

She was once married to troubled Olympic swimmer Scott Miller.

There has already been stunned reaction to Dawson's death on Twitter.

"Devastated to hear about the death of Charlotte Dawson. I didn't know her well, but it was clear she battled the black dog'', wrote television producer Adam Boland (@postboxadam) who has been open about his bipolar disorder.

"Troubled. Funny. Opinionated. Wry. Clever. Beautiful. Passionate. Wanting to b loved. That's the Charlotte Dawson many of us knew. Rest now'', tweeted media identity Melissa Hoyer (@melissahoyer).

"No matter how you felt about her Charlotte Dawson's passing is just another reminder to be kind. Always.'', Katie Martin (@Swarley88)

"Such sad news Charlotte Dawson! May your life n death be a wake up call to take mental health n cyber bullying issues seriously. RIP CDawson.'' Bhavneet Singh (@BhavneetSingh12).

A long battle

Dawson has had a long battle with internet bullying as covered previously by the Herald:

Paul Casserly: 'It just kept going, and going, and going'

Charlotte Dawson hospitalised after troll war

Shelley Bridgeman: Isn't it time we stopped faffing about on Facebook

Charlotte Dawson quits Twitter over abuse

Tributes have begun streaming through on Twitter:

February 22, 2014

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with additional reporting from AAP

- Herald on Sunday

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