Backstage at the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter '13 by John Maybury2:00
Backstage at the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter '13 by John Maybury
ANNABELLE Neilson — the aristocratic “wild child” best friend of Kate Moss, one-time Alexander McQueen muse and star of reality show Ladies of London — has died at 49.
Her death was the talk of international social circles over the weekend — as friends had just seen Neilson at the lavish wedding of her ex-boyfriend, Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, to Kimberly Hammerstroem at Blenheim Palace.
Sources said Neilson, who was once briefly married to blue blood Nat Rothschild, died on Thursday night. But bizarrely, Neilson’s Instagram was active on Saturday — confusing even her close friends who heard the bad news. “Annabelle is that you?” posted Neilson’s former Ladies of London co-star Marissa Hermer as rumours of her death spread, but a jokey post of a man in a pool popped up with the caption, “Fatties get in first!”
Another friend privately, hopefully, wondered to Page Six if it was all an elaborate hoax. But by Monday multiple reports surfaced that she’d passed away. No cause of death was revealed. A London police rep confirmed that police responded Thursday night to a report of a woman found deceased at an address matching a Neilson family home.
Sources told Page Six that Neilson seemed distracted at the Spencer-Churchill wedding. In addition to the posthumous Instagram post, a number of darker posts from Neilson’s feed were removed on Saturday — including a recent severe black-and-white selfie with the caption, “my current state of mind” — to which a follower commented, “There may be no colour right now but it will come again. Don’t rush or force it and take care of yourself, you’re very much worth it.” A source told us that someone edited the feed after her death, and said she was found by a family member.
Multiple calls to Annabelle’s sister, Millie, were not returned. A rep for Bravo, the network who produced Ladies of London, also did not respond to a request for comment.
A profile in the British Telegraph in 2008 said, “Miss Neilson’s extrovert personality is not limited to the party scene, she also flies helicopters, swims with sharks, has ridden a motorbike across Australia and competed in a rally across the Himalayas during winter.”
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished here with permission.