I regret not taking my pal Erin Jayne Plummer’s phone call days before she’s feared to have taken her own life
A HEARTBROKEN pal of Erin Jayne Plummer says she regrets not "trying harder" to return her call after missing it days before it's feared the star took her own life.
Australian TV host Erin – described as a "family person" by her devastated friends – died "suddenly" over the weekend at the age of 42.
The presenter was best known for her role on Studio 10 and as one of the faces of Aerobics Oz Style.
Her grief-stricken former colleague has told how she wishes she had attempted to call Erin back last week in the days before she died.
Posting in a public Facebook memorial group, Danielle Lamour shared a heart-wrenching tribute as she referenced a home appliance company Erin previously promoted on TVSN.
She wrote: "Have watched this video over and over today to hear your laugh. It sums up our years spent as the "Danoz girl".
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"You in front of the camera filled with charm, me behind it making you laugh and getting the best out of you.
"Will always regret not trying harder to return your call last week, should have tried a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time.
"So thankful we kept our friendship going over the years and were much more than "old work mates".
"You used to announce to the world that I was the best boss, but in reality, the best thing was you."
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Erin's cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but a notice for a memorial service being held for the mum includes the phone number for 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service Lifeline.
The service for Erin – who leaves behind her husband and three young daughters – is due to be held at Freshie Beach on Wednesday.
Dozens of Erin's loved ones have shared tributes, memories and photos of their pal and former work mate in the group.
Beccy Edwards wrote: "When I think of Erin, I think of a family person.
"She loved her family, literally lived around the corner from her mum and dad.
"Adored her girls. She was always bobbing between the homes, buzzing, smiling. She was a pocket rocket."
Another pal, Kitty Benghazi, described Erin as "one of a kind".
She posted: "Caring, thoughtful, loved her family, and her girls were her world.
'SEE YOU IN PARADISE'
"As part of her advertorial world, we will never be the same again.
"Love you EJ, see you in paradise. We'll all get there one day. I'm just so sad that you needed to go so soon."
Erin's Channel 10 colleague confirmed news of her tragic death on Monday, hailing her a "gold medal mum" in an emotional tribute.
She told viewers: "Over the weekend, Studio 10 lost a little bit of sparkle with our friend and advertorial host Erin Jayne passing away suddenly.
“For two decades, Erin Jayne has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian television, for a lot of that she’s been brightening up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile.
"Erin was just a gorgeous human inside and out and if it wasn’t for TV, Erin Jayne perhaps might have had a sporting career.
“She represented Australia in synchronised swimming and even surf life-saving.
“There is no question Erin Jayne was a high achiever and certainly a gold medal mum to her three young girls.
“We’ll miss your sunshine around the studio Erin Jayne, and all of us here are sending lots of love and strength to her family.”
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Erin shot to fame after she was cast in a tourism campaign aired on NBC in the US after being scouted at Sydney's Manly Beach.
She went on to deliver advertorial content on Aussie TV for more than two decades – working at MTV, The Morning Show and Totally Active TV.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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