Annalise Braakensiek, Australian Model and Actress, Dies at 46

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Annalise Braakensiek, a model and actress from Australia was found dead on Sunday after police visited her home in Sydney to due a welfare check.

She was 46 years old.

Annalise Braakensiek

Authorities told The Sydney Morning Herald that they were responding to concerns about Braakensiek's whereabouts when they arrived at her residence.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but there is a reason to suspect suicide.

For what reason?

On December 14, Braakensiek shared an Instagram post about feeling that life was “twisted and upside down," coming across like someone who had tragically lost her way.

To wit:

“Everything seems to feel twisted and upside down at the moment… am I right?! Life’s challenges have been deep, dark, difficult, demanding and down right scary lately."

Braakensiek included this caption alongside a a black and white photograph of herself naked, standing on her head.

Annalise Braakensiek Picture

The late model continued at this time:

"For me and so many others I know. But today is a new day! and I’ve also had some of the best jobs, travels and experiences of my life this year for which I’m THAT grateful.

"So, here’s to happiness and light, endless possibilities and new beginnings."

Braakensiek made her television debut in 1997 in Heartbreak High.

She also had roles on Home and Away, Play Your Cards Right, and Pizza; while appearing in movies such as Mr. Accident and Fat Pizza.

Annalise Braakensiek Photo

In a different Instagram post on December 4, Braakensiek opened up about her battle with depression, writing the following:

“Hanging in there by the hair on my chiny chin chin. Sheesh it’s been a challenging year for so many of us, am I right?!?!?!"

Along this similar line, Braakensiek was an advocate for mental health, revealing just this past November that she was an ambassador for R U OK? — a suicide prevention charity in Australia.

Wrote the actress at the time:

"’m a proud ambassador for this fantastic suicide prevention charity… mental health has so so many misconceptions, criticism, misunderstandings and false judgements still!!

"We have to break the silence on mental health because it happens to the best of us."


Braakensiek was married for 16 years, but split from her husband last year. She did not have any children.

To reiterate, we do not know how Braakensiek died.

But we send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or struggling with mental health issues, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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