Instant Hotel's Shay Razaei reportedly dies at the age of 33

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Australian reality star Shay Razaei has reportedly passed away at the age of 33. 

Shay shot to fame back in 2017 when she appeared on Instant Hotel, originally a Channel Seven show and now on Netflix, which sees homeowners who have transformed their houses into hotels stay overnight in each other’s homes and judge their experience.

Shay Razaei has reportedly passed away. Photo: Instagram

The news of her passing was confirmed to Daily Mail Australia by her former co-star Mikey Gelo.

“Yes, it's true and very sad. She had her funeral last Wednesday, and her death was the week before,” he said. 

“Even though we had not spoken for years, I will always cherish the fun times... she had a good heart and would always be the life of the party.”

The news was confirmed to Daily Mail Australia by her former co-star Mikey Gelo. Photo: Instagram

Fans have rushed to Shay’s Instagram account to post tributes on her latest photo, which was uploaded on May 31. 

In the selfie, Shay can be seen wearing a fur coat, alongside the caption: “I know they hate it, but I can't help feeling blessed... Sorry, no shame here. Also to all my beautiful followers who I may not always reply but your messages are (love heart emojis). You guys blow me away”

Another of Shay’s former Instant Hotel co-star’s Sturt Hinton commented underneath the photo, writing: “Rest In Peace angel girl. Eternal love.”

The Block auctioneer Stu Benson also commented calling for police to investigate alleged bullying on her page. 

This was Shay's last Instagram post. Photo: Instagram

Just before appearing on Instant Hotel in 2017, Shay revealed in an interview with New Idea that her fiancé had died.

“He went on this trip to Mammoth Lakes in California and his cousin jumped into the river. It was August, so it was summer, but they were in the mountains so there were ice caps – the river was below zero,” she said. 

“My fiancé jumped in, got his cousin out, but he went into hypothermia himself. His family saw it all and watched him drown. There was nothing they could do.”

Shay’s former Instant Hotel co-star’s Sturt Hinton commented underneath the photo, writing: “Rest In Peace angel girl. Eternal love.” Photo: Instagram

Shay posted a tribute to her fiancé on her Instagram page after his passing.

“The greatest thing to ever happen to me was you. You're forever a part of me and I am so thankful to have been able to share my life with someone as beautiful as you. I hope there's an afterlife so I can see you again and tell you that. Till then a part of me has died with you. Though this pain I carry will not ease I hope that you may Rest In Peace,” she wrote.

Shay went on to say that auditioning for Instant Hotel was her way of living through the grief of his passing. 

The same year her fiancé died, Shay’s stepsister and best friend also passed away. 

Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Channel Seven for comment.

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