Model Jeremy Ruehlemann has died at the age of 27, friends and industry insiders said on Sunday.
The cause of the young model’s death has not been publicly disclosed.
The New Jersey native had walked and modeled for designers such as Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, Superdry, Perry Ellis and more. He has also appeared in publications such as GQ and Playhouse Magazine.
Siriano shared a touching tribute to 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.
Fellow model Lexi Wood wrote a heartbreaking post in memory of Ruehlemann, whom she also described as her “soulmate” and “best friend.”
“[I]If you’ve ever known me, you know how much I love Jeremy,” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “I can’t even articulate the magic he was. I met Jeremy when I was 15, the day I met him I knew my heart would be filled forever, he is my soul mate, my best friend, my support, my family, my light, my love , my twin flame… I could go on and on because he was so special.”
The post included a series of photos of the couple together, as well as previous messages exchanged between the two sharing their love for one another.
Wood said she just saw Rühlemann on Thursday.
“But I think what was special about him was that he walked in the sunshine, he made everyone feel special in the room, when they went somewhere it was like there was a beam of light shining on them,” Wood added . “His love will flow through this world forever.”
Singer Demi Lovato commented on the Instagram post and expressed her condolences.
“Sending so much love,” Lovato wrote.
Halston creative director Ken Downing also paid tribute to the late model.
“Goodbye sweet Jeremy. RIP Jeremy Ruehlemann. Love to your family you adored them just as they love and adored you,” he wrote in an Instagram post, complete with multiple heartbroken emojis. “My heart is broken.”
Ruehlemann, who was represented by Soul Artist Management, posted a behind-the-scenes photo of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot on his own Instagram page just days before his death.