Katie Cleary and her husband, Andrew Stern, were going through a separation, but Stern took his own life on Sunday.
Model Katie Cleary is in mourning after losing her husband over the weekend. Andrew Stern committed suicide on Sunday, June 22, a family friend confirmed to People in a statement.
“On Sunday, June 22, Andrew Stern, husband of Katie Cleary, committed suicide at a shooting range in the San Fernando Valley,” the statement read. “Andrew and Katie have been in the midst of a very amicable separation and had remained on excellent terms. This is devastating news for us but we have been aware of Andrew’s longtime struggle with depression.”
Cleary may be best known for her role on Deal or No Deal, or as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model. She also appeared with Stern on Season 2 of Millionaire Matchmaker in 2009. According to his obituary, Stern was a marketing exec who had worked with dozens of professional athletes, including Kobe Bryant, Anna Kournikova and Terrell Owens.
Cleary was seen at Cannes in May with Leonardo DiCaprio, but her family said she was not involved in any sort of a relationship with him.
The family friend said that “any rumors of any kind of extra-marital relationship are entirely fabricated and completely false.” He added that Cleary’s appearance next to the actor “was fully for the purpose of potential collaboration for environmental and animal welfare issues.”
DiCaprio has been very involved in animals rights in the past and Cleary shared those passions. She runs an animal rights group, Peace 4 Animals, and DiCaprio runs, and donates to, numerous charities. The family made clear that their relationship was purely professional.
A public memorial for Stern will be held in Venice, California, this Saturday, June 28.