Model Simone Holtznagel shares moving tribute to Charlotte Dawson

Australia’s Next Top Model star Simone Holtznagel has paid tribute to mentor and friend Charlotte Dawson seven years after her death.    

The 27-year-old took to Instagram to share a brief but sweet message about the beloved TV star on Tuesday. 

‘The last 7 years when this date comes around, I feel like I want to say something profound about suicide and losing one of the most special people in my life,’ she began.   

Remembered: Simone Holtznagel, 27, (pictured) shared a moving tribute to mentor and friend Charlotte Dawson seven years after the presenter's death this week

Remembered: Simone Holtznagel, 27, (pictured) shared a moving tribute to mentor and friend Charlotte Dawson seven years after the presenter’s death this week

‘But 7 years comes and goes and I still can’t seem to find the right words other than – I miss you, I love you and I f**king wish you were here,’ she continued. 

‘That’s all I can manage.’ 

The tribute followed designer Alex Perry, who also remembered his dear friend. 

Sweet: 'The last 7 years when this date comes around, I feel like I want to say something profound about suicide and losing one of the most special people in my life,' she began

Sweet: ‘The last 7 years when this date comes around, I feel like I want to say something profound about suicide and losing one of the most special people in my life,’ she began

He wrote: ‘Years ago we lost our beautiful Charlotte. It doesn’t get any easier. I know she’s a beautiful angel now, but I’d prefer that she was still here with us, delivering her special kind of magic and irrepressible laughter.

‘Her family and friends will never stop the fight against online hate speech, threats, and abuse, if you ever sent Charlotte a message of this kind… You have blood on your hands. Rest with the highest my friend’. 

TV host and model Charlotte took her own life after receiving abuse from vicious trolls on Twitter. 

Bond: Simone rose to fame on Australia's Next Top Model for which Charlotte also starred on. Here: WHO magazine party in 2011. Pictured with Josh Flynn

Bond: Simone rose to fame on Australia’s Next Top Model for which Charlotte also starred on. Here: WHO magazine party in 2011. Pictured with Josh Flynn

Famed for TV shows such as Australia’s Next Top Model, the New Zealand-born star, who was just 47, had a history of depression.  

Charlotte was found dead in her Woolloomooloo, Sydney home on February 22, 2014. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

In the past, Alex told The Daily Telegraph that he believes social media platforms need to be more responsible for what occurs on their watch.

Moving: Alex Perry also paid tribute to his late friend, Charlotte Dawson, seven years after her death by suicide. Pictured together in 2013

Moving: Alex Perry also paid tribute to his late friend, Charlotte Dawson, seven years after her death by suicide. Pictured together in 2013

‘You’ve got to have a duty of care. If you’re providing an environment – whether it’s physical or virtual – where people can be harmed, it is your responsibility to have the mechanisms in place,’ Alex said.

He went on to say that his own behaviour online changed, revealing: ‘I deleted Twitter after Charlotte died because I just thought, “I don’t like that environment”.’  

Alex says he himself began to be affected by what he saw said about him on social media, and believed he was hated.

Horrific end: TV host and model Charlotte took her own life after receiving abuse from vicious trolls on Twitter. Charlotte was found dead in her Sydney home in 2014. Pictured in 2009

Horrific end: TV host and model Charlotte took her own life after receiving abuse from vicious trolls on Twitter. Charlotte was found dead in her Sydney home in 2014. Pictured in 2009

‘I remember getting to a point where I thought, “People hate me. Like, I’m hated.'” And I wouldn’t post things. Then I just thought, “Hang on a minute, I’ve got to step away and look at it in reality”.’

The fashion designer added that, ‘Charlotte should have been able to be online unencumbered. We all should.’

For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Alex lashed out at online trolls, writing: 'Her family and friends will never stop the fight against online hate speech, threats, and abuse, if you ever sent Charlotte a message of this kind... You have blood on your hands'

Alex lashed out at online trolls, writing: ‘Her family and friends will never stop the fight against online hate speech, threats, and abuse, if you ever sent Charlotte a message of this kind… You have blood on your hands’

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