On Friday morning former model Stephanie Adams took her own life and that of her seven-year-old son’s.
The “terrible” news of the pair’s death shocked friends, family, authorities and onlookers. But with no doubt, the hardest hit was her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, who is now grieving his son, Vincent, and most likely asking himself the same question as everyone else: what made her do it?
A custody battle, law suits and what may have been the last straw
No one but Stephanie knows what was going through her mind in the moments before she took her own life alongside her son’s, whom she was clutching, in New York City about 8.15am local time. It is not yet publicly known whether she left a note.
Friends have claimed she “wasn’t depressed”, one man telling the New York Post when he spoke to the 47-year-old about a month ago that she was “happy”.
“The child — I can’t imagine she would do that. She was so close to that child, she wouldn’t even let the child go to school,” the close friend said, referring to Vincent’s home-schooling.
“People have these lives you don’t even know about. I didn’t see suicide [coming].”
The friend did, however, give an insight into her life in the week of Stephanie's death, explaining the former Playboy Playmate had experienced a setback in her and her ex-husband's battle for custody of their son.