Tragic male model Jeff Thomas’s agent has suggested he may have fallen to his death while taking a selfie, after the clotheshorse’s brother said his sibling had died due to addiction and mental health issues.
Luli Batista of The Sovereign Talent Group told DailyMail.com says she was so shocked by 35 year-old Daniels sudden death at his Miami apartment tower on March 8 that she believes it may have been a tragic accident.
‘I just can’t believe it’s true that he intentionally did this. He may have fallen while he was taking a selfie,’ she said.
Batista said that the last time they spoke was on Tuesday – less than 24 hours before before his shock death – the pair had been exchanging text messages and joking regarding an upcoming audition.
They had scheduled phone call on Friday to catch up. ‘He couldn’t wait to tell me about his move to Miami. He seemed thrilled and was proud of himself. He was happy, motivated and excited for his next step just loving life.’
She added, ‘I am so stunned. He was such a beautiful and sweet boy.’
A bare-chested Thomas standing in his underwear in front of his bathroom mirror taking a selfie weeks before his tragic passing
Another photo of Thomas making a funny face while taking a selfie in front of a mirror wrapped in a towel
Batista’s claim is contrary to a Facebook post shared by Thomas’ brother Skylar Ray Thomas, which implied the death was the result of suicide after he battled addiction and mental health issues.
Thomas’ cousin Meghan Rae disputed the suicide claim to DailyMail.com earlier this week, although police are currently working under the assumption that Thomas did take his own life.
Skylar wrote: ‘Dear friends and family,
‘It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of my brother, Jeff on Wednesday, March 8th.
‘As you have followed through the years, Jeff traveled the world and lived life to the fullest. What you may not know, is Jeff struggled with addiction and mental health challenges, which ultimately led to his tragic passing.’
The luxury high-rise building where Thomas reportedly fell from on March 8th in Miami’s Brickell Avenue neighborhood. The waterfront condo features 57-floors and is situate on the bay with stunning views of the Miami River and is in close proximity to downtown Miami
Further details on the drugs Jeff had been using and the mental health issues he had been battling were kept private.
The post went on to describe Jeff’s struggle as ‘difficult,’ but paid tribute to his ‘sense of humor, love for music, art and family.’
Skylar went on to urge anyone else battling similar issues to seek help.
Thomas took this selfie a few days before his untimely death. In the caption he wrote: ‘There’s a man out there searching for everything you’re giving to a man that isn’t man enough to appreciate it’
Thomas sitting in a hot tub with his head leaning back and arms spread eagle posted this selfie at 11:43am on March 8 hours before his shock death. The caption reads: ‘A cold plunge a day, keeps the doctor away,’ #coldplunge #wellness #mentalhealth
Thomas died on March 8, after being found dead at the bottom of his apartment complex. The police are investigating his death as a possible suicide, but Jeff’s cousin Meghan Rae insisted to DailyMail.com that he did not take his own life.
She said: ‘This was not a suicide. To report otherwise is a complete disregard to his character and who he was,’ she said.
‘The information being published is false and defamatory. No further comments will be made by our family. Please respect our privacy and his memory during this difficult time.’
Thomas dressed causally in a matching blue jogging suit takes selfie of himself while sitting in what appears to be some type of spa or physician’s office
Thomas pictured with his brother Skylar Ray (center)
A compelling post that Skylar wrote after his brother’s tragic passing
Jeff was a successful model with 120,000 followers on Instagram, where he regularly posted photos of his impressive physique in a range of envy-inducing locales.
He lived in a 57-floor tower on Miami’s Brickell Avenue located near the trendy downtown Miami area.
Thomas’s agent said her late client was a humble man who did not take himself too seriously, and who had a great sense of humor.
Batista said that Thomas was planning to tell her when they spoke on the phone about the next chapter in his life. ‘He had started a new business – though I didn’t know what it was yet.’
During their text exchange before his death, she said they were having a laugh.
‘We were talking about a funny audition that I had for him that involved some type of petty fight. We laughed about it and he told me how he is a comedian at heart, she said.
‘I am just stunned. I don’t even know how to react.’