Model Annalise Braakensiek found dead in apartment after cryptic Instagram posts

A top Australian model has been found dead in her apartment days after she stopped responding to texts from friends.

Police were called to Annalise Braakensiek’s Sydney address on Sunday afternoon when concerned pals raised the alarm after not hearing from her since Thursday.

The 46-year-old had posted a series of cryptic posts on Instagram in the weeks before her death, including one which said "Everything seems to feel twisted and upside down at the moment".

In the same photo caption on December 14, she wrote: "Life’s challenges have been deep, dark, difficult, demanding and down right scary lately."

The health guru and jewellery designer went on to say how it had been a "challenging year" but she was looking forward to "new beginnings" in 2019 and had bought a new house.

She wrote: "Time to breathe in the new beginnings and let go of the old….. bring on 2019 already I say!!!!

"Huge thanks to all of you who have carried me though this turbulent year."

In another, where she spoke of how she was an ambassador of a suicide prevention charity, she wrote: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have helped me though my dark clouds.

"Now I’m strong enough to help my loved ones who unfortunately are not in the best place right now. But we will get through this!"

Police have confirmed Annalise’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

In April, she split from her stockbroker husband Danny Goldberg after 16 years together.

At the time, in a deleted Instagram post, she wrote: “I don’t know if a broken heart mends or learns to live in pieces”.

Meanwhile her friends have spoken of their sadness and shock at her death.

Close friend Adriana Dib talked to Annalise last week and said she had seemed “upbeat”.

She told “I spoke to Annalise on Wednesday night and I thought she sounded OK.

“I wasn’t worried at all. We discussed the new year and all the wonderful things we would get to conquer and achieve.

“To find out today that she’s gone is so devastating, I feel out of body. She brought so much magical love to everyone she knew.

“My life was better for having had her in it. We were kindred. I felt very lucky. The world has lost a genuine beacon of beautiful light.”

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