January 27, 2023

Model Jeremy Ruehlemann’s father spoke about his son’s struggle with addiction just days after his death.

The 27-year-old was found at his friend’s apartment in midtown Manhattan on Saturday.

His father, Achim Ruehlemann, told the Daily Mail he suspected his son had died of an accidental drug overdose after being addicted to prescription pills for several years.

“He was going into rehab and was trying to get off prescription drugs,” Achim Ruehlemann told the outlet, adding that the pain reliever Percocet was among the pills Jeremy couldn’t stop taking.

“Obviously he wasn’t successful.”

The devastated 59-year-old told the outlet they are not “100% sure what exactly happened to his son.” He said they are awaiting the results of the toxicology test.


Rühlemann was found dead on Saturday.  he was 27
Rühlemann was found dead on Saturday. he was 27
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“There was no wish to end his life, that was coincidence,” said Ruehlemann. “Obviously he had some issues with drug addiction, but he was very happy. He loved life. He was very lively, a wonderful soul and a very generous guy.”

Achim Ruehlemann touched on the warm recognitions his son received from the fashion world on social media, adding: “I don’t know if there is anyone who could say anything negative about him. It’s just a tragedy.”


The New Jersey native had walked and modeled for designers including Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, Superdry, Perry Ellis and more.  He has also appeared in publications such as GQ and Playhouse Magazine.
The New Jersey native had walked and modeled for designers including Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, Superdry, Perry Ellis and more. He has also appeared in publications such as GQ and Playhouse Magazine.
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The New Jersey native had walked and modeled for designers including Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, Superdry, Perry Ellis and more. He has also appeared in publications such as GQ and Playhouse Magazine.

Ruehlemann, who was represented by Soul Artist Management, posted a behind-the-scenes photo of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot on his Instagram page days before his death.

Siriano shared a touching tribute to Jeremy Ruehlemann on Instagram on Sunday.

“I’ve never posted anything like this before but losing a friend who was such a beautiful soul is really hard,” wrote the Project Runaway star. “This is for Jeremy the most beautiful man who gave so much love to everyone he met no matter what.”

Describing the model as one of his “muses,” Siriano sent his love to his grieving family and friends.

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