Yesterday, we reported on the tragic death of Mark Vanderpump, the beloved brother of Bravo reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
It was initially reported that the 59-year-old DJ’s lifeless body was discovered in his London apartment, but as new details of Vanderpump’s death emerged, a different narrative began to take shape:
We now know that Mark was still alive when he was discovered, and he died later at a Swindon Hospital.
We also know that news of Mark’s passing was kept private for more than two weeks, with new reports confirming that he passed away on April 30.
Given his profession and history of substance abuse, it’s not hard to see why many jumped to the conclusion that Vanderpump’s death was the result of an accidental overdose.
But the controversial British model Gemma Walker – who had recently got engaged to Vanderpump – says that’s not the case.
Walker tells Radar Online that she’s 100 percent Mark intended to take his own life:
“It was for sure suicide,” the 36-year-old tells Radar.
“I was the last person he spoke to.”
Walker dated Vanderpump for the final three years of his life after receiving permission to carry on an affair from her previous husband, who believed the relationship might alleviate her depression.
(“It was better to have an adulterous wife than have no mother for our two children,” Mike Ramsay later said in a divorce hearing.)
Walker says she realized too late that Vanderpump was saying goodbye to her in his final text messages:
“He sent me a text message that said he was going to a better place,” she said.
“The last message he sent me was ‘My fingers are getting slower.’ I didn’t understand it at first. I was calling him and texting him back, and I heard nothing.”
Walker says she’s been inconsolable in the weeks since Vanderpump’s death, telling Radar:
“Of course I am devastated. I loved him very much. I am with my family now.”
Vanderpump and Walker’s relationship was often a subject of interest to the British tabloid press, and not only because of the unusual circumstances under which their relationship began.
Prior to meeting Walker, Vanderpump participated in a reality show with the stated goal of helping men find “gold digger” girlfriends.
Vanderpump’s appearance on Gold Diggers and Proud came on the heels of his divorce from his wife of 22 years.
He stated at the time that he enjoyed dating “four or five women” at a time, and while promoting the show, he secured a date with a 31-year-old co-star after gifting her with a $50,000 ring on live TV.
Walker was present when Mark got into a loud public altercation with his famous sister back in January.
“Lisa and her husband Ken and daughter Pandora were eating dinner with her brother Mark and a few others,” one witness told Radar at the time.
“They were all obviously really upset. Lisa and her brother were shouting at each other so that the entire restaurant could hear! … At one point, Lisa’s brother slammed his hands on the table and screamed ‘Enough is enough!’”
We’ll have further updates on the increasingly bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Mark Vanderpump as more information becomes available.