Mary-Brian Clarke: Fashion influencer, 24, found dead months after model BF Jeremy Ruehlemann's death
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Fashion influencer and public relations employee Mary-Brian Clarke has tragically died at the age of 24, just two months after the death of her boyfriend, model Jeremy Ruehlemann. Clarke worked for well-known brands such as Elizabeth Bensinger, MadHappy and TIBI.
The young influencer died unexpectedly on March 21, reports People. Her family said that she was a "talented influence in the fashion industry," and said that the "angels in heaven will certainly benefit from her sense of style and fashion." Clarke's cause of death is not yet known.
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'She was a light to everyone'
"Arriving at the gates of heaven in one of many pairs of unique sunglasses, more rings than her fingers could hold, and either a furry jacket or hat and a one-of-a-kind pair of trendy sneakers, and that magnificent smile that was a magnet for all," reads Clark's obituary. "Mary-Brian will always be remembered for her contagious laugh, her witty sense of humor and her unique ability to connect with others." Clarke's family added, "She was a light to everyone who knew her which came from her belief in the good of others."
Clarke is survived by her parents, Resa and Brian, along with three siblings, Abby, Hanna, and Jack. Her family said those who wanted to donate can head to a page that helps children in Zambia as it would help to honor Clarke's legacy.
Friends pay tribute to Mary-Brian Clarke
The fashion influencer's friends also paid tribute to her on various social media platforms. Paisley Gilbert posted a short clip of herself and Clarke on Instagram a few days ago, along with a caption describing their love. "The pain of losing a best friend is indescribable," Gilbert wrote. "This is one of my favorite videos of MB and I because this is how it felt every time we saw each other." She added, "If only we could have one more reunion like this, I would squeeze you a little tighter and never let go. Love you past each edge of the universe and back my twin Slenny."
Who was Jeremy Ruehlemann?
Jeremy Ruehlemann, 27, was a model and was considered a rising star in the industry. He died on January 22. Ruehlemann posed for Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, and Joseph Abboud, as well as for Superdry, Macy's, Zara, Nick Graham, and Atelier Cillian during his career.
Fashion designer Sirianoalso took to Instagram in January to post a tribute for Ruehlemann. He explained, "He was one of my muses and he always will be. He inspired me and I will love him forever. have never posted anything like this but to lose a friend who was such a beautiful soul is just really hard."
"This is for Jeremy, the most beautiful man that gave so much love to everyone he met no matter what", Siriano wrote. "He inspired me and I will love him forever. I’m sending all my love to his family and friends who lost someone so special."
How did Jeremy Ruehlemann die?
According to Jeremy's father Achim Ruehlemann, the model had struggled with addiction to the painkiller Percocet and other prescription drugs and had gone through withdrawal in the past. He said, "He did rehab and had tried to get off prescription medication. Obviously, he was not successful," MEAWW reported.
Jeremy's father said that they are not "100 per cent sure exactly what happened" as they are still waiting for the results of toxicology tests. Achim said, "There was no desire to end his life, this was accidental. Obviously he had some issues with drug addiction, but he was very happy. He loved life. He was very vibrant, a wonderful soul and a very giving guy. You could see what people are saying about him on social media."
Mary-Brian Clarke's tribute to Jeremy Ruehlemann
Clarke also remembered her partner at the time on her own Instagram page, saying, "I love you forever & miss you every day."