Top model Katerina Netolicka was found dead in the Czech Republic — but the details surrounding her death are very strange.
Netolicka posed for tons of top brands and publications, including L’Oreal, Prada and Elle, and her unexpected death has rocked the fashion world — but no one really knows what happened yet, and the facts of the case are confusing at best.
She reportedly had a history of mental illness
A model who worked with Netolicka in the past told the New York Post she had bipolar tendencies — and worse. “One minute she was very happy, almost ecstatic. Then sometimes she was depressed and used to self-harm,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.
But another friend said she was fine
“I know she had stopped self-harming and was very happy with her boyfriend,” pal Adrian Smrcka told CEN.
Her relationship was seemingly rock-solid
Netolicka had been dating her boyfriend, pro hockey player Jakub Petruzalek, for five years, and the couple lived together. He was out of the country in Russia with the Kontinental Hockey League when her body was found. This would seem to eliminate speculation that he is a suspect in her death or that relationship woes led her to take her own life, but you never know.
It could have been a random health crisis
Smrcka mused that the model, who was an avid kickboxer who won the Czech Championships a month ago, could have been felled by an unfortunate accident or natural causes. “Maybe she got a spasm after kickbox training, or maybe it was a stroke,” he told the Post.
But her dogs are dead, too
Netolicka’s body wasn’t the only one found when her brother kicked in her apartment door: Her two beloved dogs were dead, too. All three coincidentally having strokes at the same time is almost mathematically impossible — so how did the dogs die? If she killed herself, did she kill them first? Were they all poisoned? Was there a carbon monoxide leak? Did someone else kill all three of them?
No obvious cause of death was found — or at least, not reported
Police have launched an investigation, but no cause or manner of death seems particularly obvious. “The cause of death is at this moment unknown and we have requested an autopsy,” said police spokeswoman Ludmila Svetlakova told CEN.
It’s all very mysterious — and very tragic. Our hearts go out to the young beauty’s loved ones, who we’re sure are even more anxious for answers.