Former reality star Charlie Newling, who came fourth on Ali Oetjen’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, has reportedly passed away at age 36.
The father-of-two died after his car fell from a cliff in Sydney’s Dover Heights at 11pm on Saturday night, according to Daily Mail Australia.
The publication claims local residents contacted police and ambulance workers after allegedly finding his car on fire at the bottom of the 70-metre cliff.
Charlie’s death comes just eight weeks after his partner, Kristal Taylor, gave birth to their daughter. The builder, who was living in Bronte, also has a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship.
A number of Charlie’s friends took to social media to share tributes following the news of his tragic death.
“I guess you never really know someone is suffering until it’s too late. So always be kind,” one person wrote.
His Bachelorette co-star Danny Harris-Wolf also reacted to Charlie’s death on his Instagram Story, writing: “Oh geez, Charlie was a decent bloke to me.”
Neighbours on the picturesque street at Raleigh Reserve described the tragedy as “heartbreaking” on Tuesday afternoon.
“It's heartbreaking, no one can believe it. We walk our dogs on the grass there every day and now it just feels so sad,” one local told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Charlie was an immediate front-runner on his season of The Bachelorette but copped criticism after viewers accused him of being too “controlling”. He was eventually eliminated following hometown dates after he told Ali she couldn’t meet his family unless they were “exclusive”.
Post-show, he briefly dated Dasha Gaivoronski from the Honey Badger’s season of The Bachelor and struck up a romance with influencer Esme DeWitt in 2019.
He remained relatively out of the spotlight until September last year when he was charged with and convicted of using a carriage service to threaten to kill his stepfather. He received a 13-month prison sentence to be served in the community.
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