The muse of fashion designer Christian Siriano has tragically died aged just 27.
Jeremy Ruehlemann was a rising star in the modelling industry before passing away on Sunday, January 22, 2023 – here is everything we know.
Who was Jeremy Ruehlemann?
The 27-year-old was from Mahwah, New Jersey and was a well-known presence in the modeling world.
He posed for Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, and Joseph Abboud, as well as for Superdry, Macy’s, Zara, Nick Graham, and Atelier Cillian.
He also appeared in GQ and Playhaus Magazine.
Christian Siriano considered Jeremy his muse and inspiration, he wrote: “I have never posted anything like this but to lose a friend who was such a beautiful soul is just really hard.
“This is for Jeremy, the most beautiful man that gave so much love to everyone he met no matter what.”
The adored fashion model began his career in 2017 after choosing not to pursue his psychology studies at Rowan University.
On his Linkedin bio he had written: “Firstly, because I’ve always planned on finishing my education, and secondly because the skills and experience I’ve learned from the last 5 years of full-time modeling, traveling and socializing with people from all over the world has taught me more about how people work than any psychology class ever could.”
He was represented by top agencies including Soul Artist Management, the London and Miami branches of Next Models, Core Hamburg, IMM Brussels, and The Mgmt in Sydney.
What happened to Jeremy Ruehlemann?
News of Jeremey’s death was broken by his childhood friend Gianni Simpson on Facebook.
It was confirmed by Jason Kanner, with Soul Artist Management, on his social media, where he wrote: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I let you all know that Jeremy Ruehlemann has passed away.
“Jeremy was authentically himself. Salt of the earth. There was just something about him that made you root for him.”
The circumstances surrounding the model’s death are currently unknown.
Who has paid tribute to Jeremy Ruehlemann?
Gianni Simpson paid a heartfelt tribute when he announced his friend’s death.
He explained they met when they were only 15 and 17-years-old and were inseparable ever since.
He wrote: “Jeremy Ruehlemann All day I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts and what to even say.
“We grew up together every summer for 2 years after that and would have call each other for anything.
“You definitely seen me emotionally at my worst and my best and I can’t thank you enough for the friendship and love you gave me the last passed 10 years brother.
“I love you forever and the new of hearing you gone really broke my heart. You’ll forever be in my heart! From your lil big brother I love you.”
Christian Siriano also posted: ” He was one of my muses and he always will be. He inspired me and I will love him forever.
“I’m sending all my love to his family and friends who lost someone so special.
“I know we will meet again one day but right now I just want to hug him. Rest well J we all love you so much! Send love to his family today please.”
Ken Downin, creative director of Halston also paid his respects to the late model.
He said: “Goodbye sweet Jeremy. R.I.P Jeremy Ruehlemann. Love to your family who you adored, as much as they love and adored you. I am heartbroken.”
Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo expressed his sadness at news of Jeremey’s passing.
“He made such a large impact on everyone he met,” he wrote.
“In this industry you meet a lot of people, but he was one of those people that even if you met him once he would have a part of your heart forever.
“My Team and I love and cherish the time we had working with him. A true friend, you will be loved and remembered forever. RIP Jeremy.”