EXCLUSIVE: The Bachelorette star Charlie Newling, 36, dies as his car plunges off a cliff in Dover Heights Sydney: Reality TV contestant welcomed newborn eight weeks ago
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A troubled reality star has tragically died just two months after the birth of his second child.
Charlie Newling, 36, who appeared on Ali Oetjen’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, died after his car plunged from a cliff off in Dover Heights, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, at 11pm on Saturday night
Police and ambulance workers arrived at Raleigh Reserve after being contacted by nearby residents who found his car on fire at the bottom of the 70-metre cliff.
Newling is understood to have welcomed his second child, a daughter, with his partner Kristal Taylor just eight weeks ago.
He also has a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Newling (pictured) was initially a front-runner to win Ali Oetjen’s heart The Bachelorette
Police and ambulance workers arrived at Raleigh Reserve after being contacted by nearby residents who found his car on fire at the bottom of a 70-metre cliff
Newling was initially a front-runner to win Oetjen’s heart on the Channel 10 dating show and was nicknamed ‘Mr Perfect’ by viewers after boasting of his strong ‘family values’.
However, fans turned on him over his controlling behaviour towards Oetjen, including refusing to introduce her to his family until they were ‘exclusive’.
Then, just two days after being kicked off the The Bachelorette, footage emerged of him being wrestled to the ground outside the The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay.
Newling, who had appeared on The Project earlier that night, said he had been drinking and was celebrating his time on the show with friends when a scuffle broke out with bouncers about 10.50pm.
After the scuffle it emerged he had a then-eight-year-old son from a previous relationship that he also hadn’t disclosed on the show.
Charlie previously dated glamour model Esme Dewitt (pictured) in 2020
A police spokesman confirmed Saturday night’s crash was not being treated as suspicious
While he briefly dated former Bachelor star Dasha Gaivoronski after leaving the show, he maintained a low profile until September 2022, when he was sentenced to 13 months prison for threatening to torture and kill his stepfather in a series of 37 vile text messages over a three-hour period.
‘You are still controlled by that flog of a husband,’ one message to his mother said.
‘I’m going to kill him one day in front of you before I go.’
‘You have no idea what I’m capable of but just know it’s not going to be pretty.’
Magistrate Ross Hudson heard Newling had suffered significant childhood trauma, including having to care for his biological father when he was a teenager after he had an accident and became paraplegic.
His father died in 2018 from an overdose of pain medication.
The court also heard Newling, who worked as a builder after his brush with fame on The Bachelorette, had struggled with alcohol abuse.
He was convicted of a mid-range drink driving offence in 2021.
However, Magistrate Hudson said he must consider the ‘fear, torment and horror’ caused by Newling’s messages.
He was handed a 13-month prison sentence to be served in the community.
A police spokesman confirmed Saturday night’s crash was not being treated as suspicious.
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