Model Jeremy Ruehlemann dead at 27, fashion designer Christian Siriano calls him ‘One of My Muses’

Model Jeremy Ruehlemann has died at the age of 27. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Fashion designer Christian Siriano who considered Ruehlemann to be 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. 

‘I have never posted anything like this but to lose a friend who was such a beautiful soul is just really hard,’ Siriano captioned the post. ‘This is for Jeremy, the most beautiful man that gave so much love to everyone he met no matter what.’

He wrote that Ruehlemann ‘was one of my muses and he always will be. He inspired me and I will love him forever.’

Model Jeremy Ruehlemann died on Sunday at age 27.  His last instagram post was a behind-the-scenes shot from what appeared to be a photo shoot with Tommy Hilfiger brand, captioning it, ‘Bts with Tommy’

Fashion designer Christian Siriano who considered Ruehlemann to be his muse, shared a touching post on Instagram on Sunday

Fashion designer Christian Siriano who considered Ruehlemann to be his muse, shared a touching post on Instagram on Sunday

Siriano’s continued: ‘I’m sending all my love to his family and friends who lost someone so special. I know we will meet again one day but right now I just want to hug him. Rest well J we all love you so much! Send love to his family today please.’

Ruehlemann, who was signed with Soul Artist Management for the last several years, according to his LinkedIn, is a Mahwah, New Jersey native who worked as a camp counselor before finding his place on the runway. 

He has since walked in several of Siriano’s runway shows, and modeled in campaigns for Atelier Cillian and Joseph Abboud. The rising star also appeared in GQ and Playhaus Magazine and worked with Superdry and Perry Ellis.

Ruehlemann’s last Instagram post was a behind-the-scenes picture from what appeared to be a photo shoot with Tommy Hilfiger brand, captioning it, ‘Bts with Tommy.’  

After news of the model’s death, Hilfiger’s younger brother Andy Hilfiger wrote in the comments, ‘So sorry’ followed by an emoji of praying hands.  

Ruehlemann’s LinkedIn bio showed that he attended Rowan University from 2013-2017, where he said he ‘fell in love with psychology and understanding how human beings operate mentally and emotionally.’

Ruehlemann left school four years into his five-year program, he said, to pursue his modeling career, a decision he said he’ll always be happy he made.

‘Firstly, because I’ve always planned on finishing my education, and secondly because the skills and experience I’ve learned from the last 5 years of full-time modeling, traveling and socializing with people from all over the world has taught me more about how people work than any psychology class ever could,’ he wrote on the LinkedIn bio. 

He has appeared in GQ and Playhaus Magazine and worked with Superdry and Perry Ellis

He has appeared in GQ and Playhaus Magazine and worked with Superdry and Perry Ellis

Ruehlemann has appeared in fashion designer Christian Siriano's runway shows

Ruehlemann has appeared in fashion designer Christian Siriano’s runway shows

Tributes to the model poured out on on social media. 

Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo mourned Ruehlemann’s death on Instagram, writing that he was heartbroken by the news. 

‘He made such a large impact on everyone he met,’ he wrote. ‘In this industry you meet a lot of people, but he was one of those people that even if you met him once he would have a part of your heart forever. My Team and I love and cherish the time we had working with him. A true friend, you will be loved and remembered forever. RIP Jeremy.’ 

Halston Creative Director Ken Downing wrote: ‘Goodbye Sweet Jeremy. R. I. P. Jeremy Ruehlemann. Love to your family who you adored, as much as they love and adored you. I am heartbroken.’

Ruehlemann appeared in several of Siriano's runway shows, as well as modeling campaigns for Atelier Cillian and Joseph Abboud

Ruehlemann appeared in several of Siriano’s runway shows, as well as modeling campaigns for Atelier Cillian and Joseph Abboud

Ruehlemann appeared in several of Siriano's runway shows, as well as modeling campaigns for Atelier Cillian and Joseph Abboud

Ruehlemann appeared in several of Siriano’s runway shows, as well as modeling campaigns for Atelier Cillian and Joseph Abboud

Ruehlemann’s childhood friend Gianni Simpson posted a tribute to Facebook, where he shared memories of their time together at Odyssey Teen Camp.

‘All day I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts and what to even say. We both met each other at a young age of 15 & 17,’ he wrote. ‘We bonded over feeling like our parents couldn’t deal with us as trouble teenagers and sent us both away for 4 weeks to OTC! We instantly were Inseparable and both bonded over our live for music, sports, fashion tattoos etc.’

Simpson continued: ‘Basically what I’m saying is what Gianni liked Jerm like and what Jerm like Gianni like. We grew up together every summer for 2 years after that and would have call each other for anything. You definitely seen me emotionally at my worst and my best and I can’t thank you enough for the friendship and love you gave me the last passed 10 years brother. I love you forever and the new of hearing you gone really broke my heart. You’ll forever be in my heart! From your lil big brother I love you.’

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