Model Tabby Brown who starred in The Bachelor and dated footballers Raheem Sterling as well as Mario Balotelli has died aged 38.
Tributes have poured in for Tabby from South London, who also worked for Playboy and appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx as well as Channel 5’s reality TV show. She also featured in music videos for Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal and B.O.B.
The model’s former manager confirmed her tragic death. MailOnline has contacted her management team. Her cause of death remains unclear.
Devastated friends and shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the star with musician NayNay writing: ‘What a light you were, your outer exterior matched your insides, so beautiful. I’m genuinely shocked and saddened you’re gone. Rest in eternal peace Tabby.’
Influencer and The Only Way is Essex Star Vas J Morgan added: ‘My heart is broken’.
Just six weeks ago the beautiful model made her final movements online, seen in an Instagram video happily posing in a public bathroom. Bereaved friends and family are now paying tribute to the star under her last Instagram photo, posted in February 2022.
Model Tabby Brown has died aged 38, with tributes pouring in for the beloved actor and dancer
Throughout her career Ms Brown, who was born in South London , modelled for Cosmopolitan and dated footballers Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli
Tabby dated Italian football player Mario Balotelli (pictured together) for seven months in 2011 after first meeting in a nightclub
Tabby, pictured in 2016 after leaving a hotel with Sterling, dated a number of footballers, including Mario Balotelli
Tabby and Raheem Sterling in March 2016 were pictured leaving The Lowry Hotel in Manchester together following a hotel date. Pictured: Sterling leaving the hotel, followed by Tabby
In 2019, Tabby launched her own gym leggins company called tbleggins. Here she is pictured wearing a bodysuit from her brand
One wrote: ‘Heartbroken. A true angel – love you tabs – sending you love and light as you transition.’
Another said: ‘Rest in peace beautiful, this definitely came as a shock. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.’
A third added: ‘RIP Tabby, you will be truly missed. You were one of a kind.’
‘You were generous, beautiful, intelligent and a go getter, nothing could stop you from reaching your goal. Love you Tabby RIP, proud of you, another said, while a fifth added: ‘RIP Tabby, you will be truly missed. You were one of a kind.’
Tabby was working as a business manager when she got her big break in modelling, hired for an Virgin Atlantic advert. She quickly turned her back on the world of business deciding to pick up a number of lucrative ad deals instead.
Devastated friends and shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the model. NayNay wrote: ‘Rest in eternal peace Tabby’
Tabby starred in a number of music videos in the 2010s, including alongside Snoop Dog
Tabby’s career was launched after she did an international advert for Virgin Atlantic
Tabby had a number of brand deals on her Instagram account including Goli Nutrition, which creates vitamin supplements
Tabby regularly posted photographs on Instagram until February 2022. Here she is pictured wearing an Oh Polly dress
Tabby pictured at a launch party in Westfield, London, in July 2013
She quickly rose to prominence, starring on the cover of a number of magazines and getting a few presenting gigs. The up-and-coming model landed advertising jobs working for Walkers crisps, Sleek Hair, Legs Avenue and Littlewoods, amongst others.
In 2009 she was selected to represent England at the World Super Model in Taiwan, according to her acting profile. That same year she presented at the International Football Awards, Music Download Awards and the Urban Music Awards.
In 2010 she went on to star in several music videos, including for B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo’s hit song Magic, where she is seen dancing around in a bikini.
She then starred in Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Disco video, where she plays one of the gatecrashers, dancing and embracing the rapper.
The following year, the model made an appearance in the Open Your Eyes music video, by Alex Metric, and in 2012 she starred in Snoop Dog’s music video ‘Funny H**s’.
Tabby previously dated Chelsea star Raheem Sterling. It is unclear how long the pair were together for but in March 2016 they were seen leaving the Lowry Hotel in Manchester together, following a date.
In 2010 she went on to star in a number of music videos, including for B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo’s hit song Magic (pictured)
In 2012, Tabby was interviewed by Snoop Dogg about her career and her switch from being a business manger to a model
Tabby also starred on Channel 5 ‘s The Bachelor and appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx
Tributes have poured in from fans and music stars following the tragic news of her death
Tabby started off working as a business manager before she landed a commercial with Virgin Atlantic
Polaroid pictures of Tabby and B.o.B. as featured in the music video Magic
Tabby also starred in Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Disco video, where she plays one of the gatecrashers, dancing and embracing the rapper
She also dated Italian football player Mario Balotelli for seven months in 2011 after first meeting in a nightclub.
The Adana Demirspor striker added her on Facebook before convincing her to go on a date with him.
‘I really fell for Mario – against my better judgment. He told me he wanted us to settle down and have a family,’ she told the Mirror two years later.
‘Then I found out he was having a baby with his ex, there were constant stories about him partying with other women, and all the ‘she’s just a friend’ texts.
‘So I ended it in November. Mario couldn’t believe it and thought he could sweet-talk me into going back to him.’
Tabby’s cause of death remains unknown at this time
The model appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx
The actor and dancer from South London modelled for Cosmopolitan and ELLE
The model began her career in the industry in 2006 and landed a number of high profile advertisements
In 2012, the star was interviewed by Snoop Dogg, where she spoke about how she began her career, switching from the ‘business world’ to modeling
In 2012, the star was interviewed by Snoop Dogg, where she spoke about how she began her career, switching from the ‘business world’ to modeling.
Snoop Dogg described her as more than a ‘video vixen’, calling her a woman with ‘the mind, the body, the experience, the soul, the struggle, the hustle’ and an inspiration to younger women.
She said during the interview: ‘I have been modelling for six years and presenting in Europe, the UK, Taiwan and America, but before that I was studying. All I did was study.
‘I got my BA, then I got my masters and then I worked as business manager and then one day I got a commercial for Virgin Atlantic and ever since then I thought there is so much money to be made in commercials, why not.
‘I can always go back to the business world. You have to set a foundation for yourself first and foremost. I am not going to be able to model when I am 50.’
In the last year or so, the model has used her Instagram account to mainly post selfies
More recently, Tabby has used her social media platform to advertise a number of different brand deals, including a partnership with Goli Nutrition that supplies vitamin supplements and with a personal trainer.
In 2019, she also launched her own gym wear company called tbleggins and often posted photos of herself wearing the kit while at the gym doing deadlifts.
In 2021, however, the model stopped posting photos of her working out. Instead her Instagram page became filled with mainly selfies and the odd photo of her attending an event.
In February 2022, she shared photos and videos of her attending the Oh Polly show at London Fashion Week.
Other video clips from this year, shared on her highlights reel, showed her dining at expensive restaurants across the capital, including high-end Modern Japanese sushi restaurant Zuma and French restaurant Bagatelle.