This week, we've learned some tragic news. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress and model Lisa Lynn Masters was found dead in a hotel room in Peru, where she had reportedly flown in as part of a modeling gig. The death is being considered a suicide, as the model and actress took her own life by hanging herself.
Lisa Lynn Masters was found dead in her hotel room at Nuevo Mundo Hotel in San Isidro earlier this week. Details from the scene indicate the actress went into her closet in her hotel room and hung herself with her skirt. At the time of the incident, anti-depressants were found in Masters' hotel room. Per E! News, the family isn't saying much but did release this tragic statement:
As to her husband and family's wishes, we hope that the industry can mourn her death without details. In these darkening days, we hope those who have had the pleasure of knowing her will see how brightly she shined and will find that light within themselves and continue to share it with others---just as she would have.
Peru 21 also notes that the 52-year-old actress had written two notes before ultimately opting to take her own life. The notes were found at the scene, and police reported in Peru that they explain that Lisa Lynn Masters was dealing with depression at the time of her death. The anti-depressants on the scene also corroborate that.
Lisa Masters wasn't a household name in the acting world, but she has popped up in a slew of popular television shows over the last decade or so. Lisa Masters appeared in the aforementioned Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, playing Dr. Goodman. She also appeared in episodes of Nashville, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, among other programs. She also was a prominent member of the modeling community.
Lisa Masters leaves behind her husband, William, who is now faced with the daunting task of bringing his wife's body home from Peru and then burying her in the United States. A Go Fund Me page has already been set up in the actress' name to help cover expenses and more than $37K had already been donated at the time of this writing. The couple lived together in Brooklyn, and some of the money will go to support William as he looks for a more affordable home, as well.
It's never easy to lose a loved one, and to lose someone under these tragic circumstances is even tougher. Our hearts go out to Lisa Masters' family as they deal with their loss. As always, if you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please get help. The National Suicide hotline is available at 1-800-273-8255 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.