‘She didn’t kill herself’: Annalise Braakensiek’s close friend Mike Goldman believes the model’s tragic passing was an accident… as the Coroner’s Court prepares to review the death
Big Brother narrator Mike Goldman believes the death of his close friend Annalise Braakensiek was an ‘accident’.
The glamorous model and socialite was found dead at her Sydney home in January at the age of 46, with initial reports suggesting she committed suicide.
But speaking with The Herald-Sun on Monday, Mike insisted that Annalise was in a good place at the time of her passing, telling the publication: ‘She was excited about so many things in the future.’
Annalise Braakensiek’s close friend Mike Goldman (pictured) told The Herald Sun on Sunday that he believes the model’s tragic passing was an accident
Tragedy: Annalise (pictured) was found dead at her Sydney home in January at the age of 46, with initial reports suggesting she committed suicide
Mike interviewed Annalise for his On The Mike podcast just three months before her death, where the pair spoke at length about her past achievements and her pending plans.
He told The Herald Sun that he simply cannot fathom that her death may have been deliberate.
‘It annoyed me to see people jump to conclusions, which I personally think is the wrong conclusion,’ he said.
Mysterious passing: Several of Annalise’s friends believe she died of an accidental drug overdose. She is pictured in June 2018
‘It’s a real sad loss and personally I think it was an accident.’
Last month, another friend also cast doubt on claims that Annalise may have taken her own life.
The anonymous pal, who was friends with the model for more than two decades, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I saw her just days before and while everyone knew Annalise could be a fragile person, that doesn’t mean she was depressed or depressive.’
The friend is adamant that Annalise died of an accidental drug overdose.
Household name: Annalise was one of Australia’s most successful swimsuit models
Popular: The model reached the heights of her fame in the early 2000s. She is pictured in 2002
Annalise’s mother, Vera Stevens, similarly believes her daughter died accidentally.
Speaking on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program a fortnight ago, she stated: ‘I believe that she went out New Year’s Eve and she partied and partied and she made a fatal mistake with what she ingested.
However, during her interview, Vera painted a very different picture of Annalise than the one painted by her friends.
She claimed her daughter was obsessed with presenting a picture-perfect life on social media, and had complained that she was ‘depressed’.
‘I never looked at her Instagram, I never looked at her Facebook, because it upset me’: Annalise’s mother Vera Stevens recently told Sunday Night that her daughter became increasingly obsessed with presenting a picture-perfect life on social media
‘I never looked at her Instagram, I never looked at her Facebook, because it upset me,’ Vera told the program.
‘It wasn’t true. She’d put a post like that on Instagram, she’d ring me and say, ”I can’t breathe. I’m so depressed”
Annalise was one of Australia’s most successful swimsuit models, reaching the heights of her fame in the early 2000s.
She also starred in the popular 2003 film Fat Pizza, the year after she married stockbroker Danny Goldberg.
The pair split last April after sixteen years of marriage.
The Coroner’s Court is set to review her death this coming July.
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Seeking answers: The Coroner’s Court is set to review Annalise’s death this coming July