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Playboy model Tabby Brown, 38, is laid to rest in traditional Muslim funeral as friends claim she ‘died of a heart attack’

Model Tabby Brown died from a heart attack, friends claim, and her traditional Muslim funeral had already taken place, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

Tragic Tabby, 38, who starred in The Bachelor and who dated footballers Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling, passed away earlier this week and her death was confirmed by her agent.

She had been living in the Queensway area of west London after having spent the last few years in Los Angeles where she was working on glamour shoots.

A source close to her agent Richard Pascoe told MailOnline: ‘It was her funeral on Wednesday. She was Muslim so the burial was very quick as per their tradition.

‘She died from a heart attack. That’s all we know for the moment. It’s very sad. She was loved and liked by so many people.’

Tattoo artist Daniel Artwin Casone, said: ‘She was one of my closest friends and I just can’t believe it.

‘She didn’t drink or smoke or, do drugs and she was really fit and healthy but apparently she died from a heart attack.

‘We had some great times together and I did photoshoots for her in Spain a few years ago. The last thing I heard she was living in west London and when we last spoke she was in really good spirits.’

Model Tabby Brown has died aged 38, with tributes pouring in for the beloved actor and dancer

Model Tabby Brown has died aged 38, with tributes pouring in for the beloved actor and dancer

Throughout her career Ms Brown, who was born in South London , modelled for Cosmopolitan and dated footballers Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli

Throughout her career Ms Brown, who was born in South London , modelled for Cosmopolitan and dated footballers Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli

Tabby dated Italian football player Mario Balotelli (pictured together) for seven months in 2011 after first meeting in a nightclub

Tabby dated Italian football player Mario Balotelli (pictured together) for seven months in 2011 after first meeting in a nightclub

Tabby, pictured in 2016 after leaving a hotel with Sterling, dated a number of footballers, including Mario Balotelli

Tabby, pictured in 2016 after leaving a hotel with Sterling, dated a number of footballers, including Mario Balotelli

Sterling leaving the Lowry Hotel in Manchester in 2016

Tabby Brown leaving the Lowry Hotel in Manchester in 2016

Tabby and Raheem Sterling in March 2016 were pictured leaving The Lowry Hotel in Manchester together following a hotel date. Pictured: Sterling leaving the hotel, followed by Tabby 

In 2019, Tabby launched her own gym leggins company called tbleggins. Here she is pictured wearing a bodysuit from her brand

In 2019, Tabby launched her own gym leggins company called tbleggins. Here she is pictured wearing a bodysuit from her brand

Tributes poured in for Tabby who also worked for Playboy and appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx as well as Channel 5’s reality TV show. She also featured in music videos for Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal and B.O.B.

Devastated friends and shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the star with musician NayNay writing: ‘What a light you were, your outer exterior matched your insides, so beautiful. I’m genuinely shocked and saddened you’re gone. Rest in eternal peace Tabby.’

Influencer and The Only Way is Essex Star Vas J Morgan added: ‘My heart is broken’.

Just six weeks ago the beautiful model made her final movements online, seen in an Instagram video happily posing in a public bathroom. Bereaved friends and family are now paying tribute to the star under her last Instagram photo, posted in February 2022. 

One wrote: ‘Heartbroken. A true angel – love you tabs – sending you love and light as you transition.’ 

Another said: ‘Rest in peace beautiful, this definitely came as a shock. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.’

A third added: ‘RIP Tabby, you will be truly missed. You were one of a kind.’

‘You were generous, beautiful, intelligent and a go getter, nothing could stop you from reaching your goal. Love you Tabby RIP, proud of you, another said, while a fifth added: ‘RIP Tabby, you will be truly missed. You were one of a kind.’

Tabby was working as a business manager when she got her big break in modelling, hired for an Virgin Atlantic advert. She quickly turned her back on the world of business deciding to pick up a number of lucrative ad deals instead.

Devastated friends and shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the model. NayNay wrote: 'Rest in eternal peace Tabby'

Devastated friends and shocked fans took to social media to pay tribute to the model. NayNay wrote: ‘Rest in eternal peace Tabby’

Tabby starred in a number of music videos in the 2010s, including alongside Snoop Dog

Tabby starred in a number of music videos in the 2010s, including alongside Snoop Dog

Tabby's career was launched after she did an international advert for Virgin Atlantic

Tabby’s career was launched after she did an international advert for Virgin Atlantic 

Tabby had a number of brand deals on her Instagram account including Goli Nutrition, which creates vitamin supplements

Tabby had a number of brand deals on her Instagram account including Goli Nutrition, which creates vitamin supplements 

Tabby regularly posted photographs on Instagram until February 2022. Here she is pictured wearing an Oh Polly dress

Tabby regularly posted photographs on Instagram until February 2022. Here she is pictured wearing an Oh Polly dress 

Tabby pictured at a launch party in Westfield, London, in July 2013

Tabby pictured at a launch party in Westfield, London, in July 2013

She quickly rose to prominence, starring on the cover of a number of magazines and getting a few presenting gigs. The up-and-coming model landed advertising jobs working for Walkers crisps, Sleek Hair, Legs Avenue and Littlewoods, amongst others.

In 2009 she was selected to represent England at the World Super Model in Taiwan, according to her acting profile. That same year she presented at the International Football Awards, Music Download Awards and the Urban Music Awards.

In 2010 she went on to star in several music videos, including for B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo’s hit song Magic, where she is seen dancing around in a bikini.

She then starred in Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Disco video, where she plays one of the gatecrashers, dancing and embracing the rapper. 

The following year, the model made an appearance in the Open Your Eyes music video, by Alex Metric, and in 2012 she starred in Snoop Dog’s music video ‘Funny H**s’.

Tabby previously dated Chelsea star Raheem Sterling. It is unclear how long the pair were together for but in March 2016 they were seen leaving the Lowry Hotel in Manchester together, following a date.

In 2010 she went on to star in a number of music videos, including for B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo's hit song Magic (pictured)

In 2010 she went on to star in a number of music videos, including for B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo’s hit song Magic (pictured)

In 2012, Tabby was interviewed by Snoop Dogg about her career and her switch from being a business manger to a model

In 2012, Tabby was interviewed by Snoop Dogg about her career and her switch from being a business manger to a model

Tabby also starred on Channel 5 's The Bachelor and appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx

Tabby also starred on Channel 5 ‘s The Bachelor and appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx

Tributes have poured in from fans and music stars following the tragic news of her death

Tributes have poured in from fans and music stars following the tragic news of her death 

Tabby started off working as a business manager before she landed a commercial with Virgin Atlantic

Tabby started off working as a business manager before she landed a commercial with Virgin Atlantic 

Polaroid pictures of Tabby and B.o.B. as featured in the music video Magic

Polaroid pictures of Tabby and B.o.B. as featured in the music video Magic 

Tabby also starred in Dizzee Rascal's Dirtee Disco video, where she plays one of the gatecrashers, dancing and embracing the rapper

Tabby also starred in Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Disco video, where she plays one of the gatecrashers, dancing and embracing the rapper

She also dated Italian football player Mario Balotelli for seven months in 2011 after first meeting in a nightclub.

The Adana Demirspor striker added her on Facebook before convincing her to go on a date with him.

‘I really fell for Mario – against my better judgment. He told me he wanted us to settle down and have a family,’ she told the Mirror two years later.

‘Then I found out he was having a baby with his ex, there were constant stories about him partying with other women, and all the ‘she’s just a friend’ texts.

‘So I ended it in November. Mario couldn’t believe it and thought he could sweet-talk me into going back to him.’

Tabby's cause of death remains unknown at this time

Tabby’s cause of death remains unknown at this time

The model appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx

The model appeared in advertisements for Canon, Virgin Atlantic, AXE and Lynx

The actor and dancer from South London modelled for Cosmopolitan and ELLE

The actor and dancer from South London modelled for Cosmopolitan and ELLE

The model began her career in the industry in 2006 and landed a number of high profile advertisements

The model began her career in the industry in 2006 and landed a number of high profile advertisements

In 2012, the star was interviewed by Snoop Dogg, where she spoke about how she began her career, switching from the 'business world' to modeling

In 2012, the star was interviewed by Snoop Dogg, where she spoke about how she began her career, switching from the ‘business world’ to modeling

In 2012, the star was interviewed by Snoop Dogg, where she spoke about how she began her career, switching from the ‘business world’ to modeling. 

Snoop Dogg described her as more than a ‘video vixen’, calling her a woman with ‘the mind, the body, the experience, the soul, the struggle, the hustle’ and an inspiration to younger women.

She said during the interview: ‘I have been modelling for six years and presenting in Europe, the UK, Taiwan and America, but before that I was studying. All I did was study.

‘I got my BA, then I got my masters and then I worked as business manager and then one day I got a commercial for Virgin Atlantic and ever since then I thought there is so much money to be made in commercials, why not.

‘I can always go back to the business world. You have to set a foundation for yourself first and foremost. I am not going to be able to model when I am 50.’

In the last year or so, the model has used her Instagram account to mainly post selfies

In the last year or so, the model has used her Instagram account to mainly post selfies 

More recently, Tabby has used her social media platform to advertise a number of different brand deals, including a partnership with Goli Nutrition that supplies vitamin supplements and with a personal trainer.

In 2019, she also launched her own gym wear company called tbleggins and often posted photos of herself wearing the kit while at the gym doing deadlifts. 

In 2021, however, the model stopped posting photos of her working out. Instead her Instagram page became filled with mainly selfies and the odd photo of her attending an event. 

In February 2022, she shared photos and videos of her attending the Oh Polly show at London Fashion Week.

Other video clips from this year, shared on her highlights reel, showed her dining at expensive restaurants across the capital, including high-end Modern Japanese sushi restaurant Zuma and French restaurant Bagatelle.

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