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Eighties supermodel Kelly Emberg's nephew has died at 31


Eighties supermodel and Rod Stewart’s ex Kelly Emberg reveals her nephew Thomas has died at age 31 in a ‘tragic accident’: ‘He will always be in my heart’

  • Eighties supermodel Kelly Emberg has revealed her nephew has died 
  • The 61-year-old beauty shared a black-and-white photo of the young man 
  • ‘It’s been really hard to digest. I still can’t believe it is,’ said the Vogue model
  • ‘I lost my beautiful, sweet nephew in a tragic accident. He was only 31’
  • ‘He had so much life left to live. I’ve asked God why, but I don’t have the answer’ 
  • Kelly is best known for being a blonde bombshell in the 1980s who had daughter Ruby with rocker Rod Stewart, whom she never wed 

Eighties supermodel Kelly Emberg has revealed her nephew has died at age 31.

The 61-year-old blonde beauty shared a black-and-white photo of the young man in close-up with a heartbreaking caption.

‘It’s been really hard to digest. I still can’t believe it is. I lost my beautiful, sweet nephew in a tragic accident. He was only 31,’ said the Vogue cover girl who is friends with fellow supermodels Kim Alexis and Iman.

Terrible loss: Eighties supermodel Kelly Emberg has revealed her nephew has died at age 31. The 61-year-old blonde beauty shared a close-u black-and-white photo of the young man in close-up with a heartbreaking caption

Terrible loss: Eighties supermodel Kelly Emberg has revealed her nephew has died at age 31. The 61-year-old blonde beauty shared a close-u black-and-white photo of the young man in close-up with a heartbreaking caption

Hard time: 'It¿s been really hard to digest. I still can¿t believe it is. I lost my beautiful, sweet nephew in a tragic accident. He was only 31,' said the Vogue cover girl who is friends with fellow supermodels Kim Alexis and Iman. Seen in 2005

Hard time: ‘It’s been really hard to digest. I still can’t believe it is. I lost my beautiful, sweet nephew in a tragic accident. He was only 31,’ said the Vogue cover girl who is friends with fellow supermodels Kim Alexis and Iman. Seen in 2005

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The catwalk veteran added in her post, ‘He had so much life left to live. I’ve asked God why, but I don’t have the answer.

‘I will miss Thomas forever and he will always be in my heart. On my way to Houston for his funeral. RIP Thomas.’

Kelly is best known for being a blonde bombshell in the 1980s who had daughter Ruby with rocker Rod Stewart, whom she never wed. 

Haute stuff: Kelly is best known for being a blonde bombshell in the 1980s who appeared on the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar

Haute stuff: Kelly is best known for being a blonde bombshell in the 1980s who appeared on the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar

Emberg was born in Houston, Texas, and modeled in high school after being ‘discovered’ by Alan Martin, a local photographer in Houston.

He introduced her to John Casablancas who relocated her to New York City to join his top modeling agency Elite Model Management.

Her career took off as she landed the cover of Vogue several times and Cosmopolitan as well as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Her love: She began dating Rod Stewart in 1983. Seen here in May 1989

Her love: She began dating Rod Stewart in 1983. Seen here in May 1989

With their little girl: Their daughter was born in 1987 and they split in 1990; seen in 1988

With their little girl: Their daughter was born in 1987 and they split in 1990; seen in 1988

Her campaigns were big too as she worked for Calvin Klein and Cover Girl. 

After modeling she studied interior design.

One of her clients was Rod, whom she began dating in 1983. Their daughter was born in 1987 and they split in 1990.

She was wed to Brad Jenkel and Gavin Brodin; she has a child with each of them (Tyler and Cole, respectively). In 2007 she wed attorney Mike Padilla.  

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These days she is an advocate of wellness and touts growing her own vegetables at home. 

The women's club: Rod with his ladies, from left, ex Alana Stewart, current Penny, Rod, Kelly, and Rachel Hunter

The women’s club: Rod with his ladies, from left, ex Alana Stewart, current Penny, Rod, Kelly, and Rachel Hunter 



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