Model Jeremy Ruehlemann died on Saturday of an accidental drug overdose after years of addiction to prescription pills, DailyMail.com has learned.
The 27-year-old father, Achim Ruehlemann, has confirmed his cause of death in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, a day after his son’s death was announced on social media.
Speaking from his home in Waldwick, New Jersey, on Tuesday, the bereaved father revealed that Jeremy had battled addiction to the painkiller Percocet and other prescription drugs, and went to rehab detox in the past.
“He went to rehab and tried to quit taking prescription drugs,” the father said, his face pale and his eyes sunken from lack of sleep since his son’s death.
“Obviously he didn’t make it.”
Model Jeremy Ruehlemann is believed to have died of an accidental drug overdose, his grieving father told DailyMail.com on Tuesday
The 27-year-old model had battled addiction to the painkiller Percocet and other prescription drugs, and had gone to rehab in the past, her father Achim (right) said.
Ruehlemann, 59, however noted that they were not “100 per cent sure exactly what happened” as they were still awaiting toxicology results, but described the death as a tragic accident.
“There was no desire to end his life, it was accidental,” he said. “Obviously he had substance abuse issues, but he was very happy. He loved life. He was very dynamic, a wonderful soul and a very generous guy.
“You can see what people are saying about him on social media,” the grieving father continued, pointing to an Instagram post by fashion designer Christian Siriano who considered Jeremy his muse.
“Siriano paid a very nice tribute,” said the father, who works in cosmetics manufacturing.
“I don’t know if there is anyone who could say anything negative about him. It’s just a tragedy.
The eldest Ruehlemann described his son’s death as a tragic accident, saying his son was ‘happy’ and had ‘no desire to end his life’. He is pictured above with his brother Sean and their mother
The model (pictured with his mother and brother as a young child) had lived with his mother for a year in upstate New York and worked as a bartender at a restaurant in Woodstock
He shared the heartwarming childhood photo on Mother’s Day last year
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the NYPD confirmed that young Ruehlemann was discovered at his friend’s apartment in midtown Manhattan after police received a 911 call at 9:50 a.m. Saturday about a ” unconscious man”.
Officers arrived to find the 27-year-old ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ in the bathroom and he was declared him dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.
The friend, a young man, wiped tears from his eyes when approached by DailyMail.com.
“He was one of my best friends,” he said. “Despite everything that happened, he was happy.”
A funeral service for Ruehlemann will be held Saturday at Burnett & White Funeral Home in upstate Red Hook, New York, followed by a wake Friday, his family announced.
The model had been living with her mother for a year in upstate New York and worked as a bartender at a restaurant in Woodstock.
He often went to town for modeling jobs, at a brother’s or friend’s house.
His last Instagram post last week was a behind-the-scenes photo from a photo shoot with the Tommy Hilfiger brand, captioned “BTS with Tommy.”
Jeremy had studied psychology at Rowan University in his native New Jersey, but left before graduating in 2017 for a modeling career.
The rising star’s father described his son as an avid reader who loved hiking and the outdoors.
One of his son’s greatest passions, he noted, was working as a counselor at Camp Omega, a summer camp in upstate New York where Jeremy enjoyed helping struggling campers. emotional.
The teen camp, now called Odyssey, has since moved to the Berkshires, Massachusetts.
Soul Artist Management’s Jason Kanner confirmed the model’s death on social media on Monday
Fashion designer Christian Siriano, who considered Ruehlemann his muse, shared a touching post on Instagram on Sunday
“He was there when he was 17 as a camper and then he came back every year as a counselor until two years ago,” the elder Ruehlemann told DailyMail.com.
“He loved being there to help the kids. He was well-liked, highly respected and made a difference in many young lives. There were many children who came to the camp with sexual orientation issues.
“He helped them open up and understand their situation, whether it was sexual orientation or otherwise.” He brought a little levity to help campers see that their situation is not unique.
Ruehlemann was recently dating a woman but was not in a committed relationship, according to her father.
Jason Kanner of Soul Artist Management confirmed his death on his social media accounts Monday.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I let you know that Jeremy Ruehlemann has passed away,” he wrote alongside several professional snaps of the model.
‘Jeremy was authentically himself. Salt of the earth. There was just something about him that made you root for him,’ Kanner continued.
Fashion designer Christian Siriano who considered Ruehlemann his muse, shared a touching post on Instagram on Sunday.
The post was a series of photos of Ruehlemann’s modeling moments as well as some of Siriano and Ruehlemann together.
His last Instagram post was a behind-the-scenes photo from what appeared to be a photo shoot with the Tommy Hilfiger brand. He previously worked as a camp counselor and studied psychology at school before leaving in 2017 for a modeling career.
Since then he has walked the Siriano shows and modeled for Superdry (pictured), John Varvatos, Joseph Abboud, Superdry, Macy’s, Zara, Nick Graham and Atelier Cillian.
Ruehlemann, who appeared in GQ and Playhaus Magazine, was represented by Soul Artist Management. Pictured: Ruehlemann walks through the Nick Graham S/S 2019 Collection during NYFW Men’s July 2018 at Cadillac House in 2018
“I’ve never posted anything like this but losing a friend who was such a beautiful soul is really hard,” Siriano captioned the post. “This is for Jeremy, the most beautiful man who gave so much love to everyone he met, no matter what.”
He wrote that Ruehlemann “was one of my muses and always will be. He inspired me and I will love him forever.
Siriano continued: “I send all my love to his family and friends who have lost someone so special. I know we will meet again one day but for now I just want to hug him. Rest well J we all love you so much Send love to his family today please.
Ruehlemann was represented by Soul Artist Management, as well as the London and Miami branches of Next Models, Core Hamburg, IMM Brussels and The Mgmt in Sydney, according to Shoe News.
Tributes to the model have poured in on social media since news of her death was announced.
Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo mourned Ruehlemann’s death on Instagram, writing that he was heartbroken by the news.
“He had such an impact on everyone he met,” he wrote.
“In this industry you meet a lot of people, but he was one of those people who, even if you met him once, would be in your heart forever. My team and I love and cherish the time we spent working with him. A true friend, you will be loved and remembered forever. RIP Jeremy.
Halston creative director Ken Downing wrote: ‘Goodbye Sweet Jeremy. RIP Jeremy Ruehlemann. Love your family whom you adored, as much as they love and adore you. My heart is broken.’