Friday 20 October 2017

Woman found dead in home owned by supermodel Gemma Ward

Model Gemma Ward attends the Sydney premiere of `The Black Balloon' at the Dendy Opera Quays on February 27, 2008 in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
Model Gemma Ward attends the Sydney premiere of `The Black Balloon' at the Dendy Opera Quays on February 27, 2008 in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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A man in his 20s has been arrested after a woman was found dead in the home owned by Australian supermodel Gemma Ward.

It is believed the woman had been renting the home in the exclusive Northern Beaches suburb of Avalon with her son who lived outside in the garage.

According to The Australian, police were called to the home at 10.45am local time on Sunday following "information a woman had been injured".

They reportedly found the woman's body at the scene.

The home in Marine Parade, Avalon Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Picture: REA
The home in Marine Parade, Avalon Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Picture: REA

A police statement said a man in his 20s was arrested 2km away from the home in the suburb of Ruskin Rowe.

The man is helping police with their inquires.

Gemma Ward (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
Gemma Ward (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)

“Initial inquiries suggest the pair are known to each other."

The Australian Daily Telegraph reports that Ms Ward and her husband, David Letts, purchased the property for AUS$1.6 million and have rented it out while living with his parents in Newport.

It is understood that they had not seen the tenants for six months.

Ms Ward told Daily Telegraph: “My heart goes out to the family and all involved in this tragedy.”

“It’s heartbreaking news.”

Ms Ward (29) made her modelling debut when she was 15-years-old.

Gemma Ward arrives ahead of a YSL beauty launch at Sydney Town Hall on April 14, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Gemma Ward arrives ahead of a YSL beauty launch at Sydney Town Hall on April 14, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

In 2007, the Perth-born model dated late Australian actor Heath Ledger, when she was aged 20.

She's now married to Letts and the pair have two children; daughter Naia, (3) and seven-month-old son Jett.

Ward was named Forbes' highest earning model in 2007 but she quit the industry in the same year.

At her peak she commanded US$25,000 a show and fronted 24 Vogue covers.

She made a return in 2014, walking for the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 show.

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