Stella Tennant dies ‘suddenly’ at age of 50

Stella Tennant attends the launching Party of Chanel's new perfume "Gabrielle" as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France
Stella Tennant attends the launching Party of Chanel’s new perfume “Gabrielle” as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France

Stella Tennant, one of the most respected models of her generation, has died suddenly five days after her 50th birthday.

Scottish-born Tennant, who came from aristocratic roots to forge a much admired career as a runway model for designers such as Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen, was found dead at her home on Tuesday.

The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford, she rose to fame in the 1990s, and was among the models picked to represent the British fashion industry during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

In August it was revealed that Tennant had separated from her husband David Lasnet after 21 years of marriage. 

Police said there were

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