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Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found dead

1:50 PM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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SYDNEY (AP) - Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson has been found dead at age 47.

Famed for TV shows such as Australia's Next Top Model, Dawson had also been an anti-bullying activist and was targeted by cyber-trolls for personal attacks online.

The New Zealand-born star, who had a history with depression, was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday morning. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

In 2012, she was admitted to a Sydney hospital after a suicide attempt following an ongoing tirade of abuse on Twitter.

Dawson, 47, had long graced the pages of women's gossip magazines and scenes in reality TV shows.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted he was "shocked and saddened" by the news.

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