Harry Brant, the fashion star son of model Stephanie Seymour, has died from an accidental drug overdose at the age of 24.
His family claimed Brant, whose father is 73-year-old billionaire Peter Brant, had been days away from re-entering rehab at the time of his death. Harry had struggled with addiction for years.
They said in a statement to the New York Times: “It is with enormous sorrow that we share with you the news that our beloved son, Harry Brant, lost his battle with addiction and died due to an accidental overdose of prescription medication.
“Our hearts are shattered. Harry wanted to overcome his addiction and was just days away from re-entering rehab.
“We will forever be saddened that Harry’s life was cut short by this devastating disease. We ask that you please allow our family privacy as we attempt to cope with the loss of our beautiful, beautiful boy.”
His 16-year-old sister, Lily Margret, took to her Instagram account to pay tribute to her “amazing big brother and best friend”.
“Words cannot describe how much i will miss you. You were the most amazing brother to me and you stuck with me through everything. You had the most beautiful and sensitive soul and a sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. Thank you for always making me smile. you taught me how to have empathy for everyone around me and you showed me what it feels like to be understood and cared about. You lit up my world and my heart is full of love for you. A piece of you will remain with me forever. I love you indefinitely harry. You are an angel and you will always be a beautiful person inside and out,” she wrote.
Following in his mother's footsteps, socialite Harry had modelled himself in campaigns for Italian Vogue and Balmain.
He also wrote for Interview Magazine and helped develop a unisex cosmetic line with his brother for MAC.
In a 2015 interview with Vogue, Harry spoke of the "escape" fashion afforded him.
"For me, fashion was an escape from the mundane realities of high school,” he said.
“It was this other world where I could be myself without being teased or made fun of for being a freak—it was even encouraged. That was the most alluring and attractive thing about the industry; there was a family mentality that I found incredible.”
Harry’s last post on Instagram was on January 8th, where he posted a photo alongside popstar Miley Cyrus and fashion stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.
“Happy belated birthday to the queen CARLYNE!!! ✨The Dauphine francophile with eternal style,” he wrtoe.
In a statement released by his family, they said: “He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done.”
Seymour, 52, and her husband also share son Peter II, 27, and daughter Lily Margaret, 16.
Stephanie Seymour was one of the most famous models of the ‘80s and ‘90s, modeling for some of the top fashion houses in the world.
She appeared in Vogue as well as the Victoria’s Secret catalog and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
With extra reporting by Amy Johnson
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