Harry Brant, the son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and businessman Peter Brant, has passed away at age 24.
The socialite died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs after struggling with addiction for several years, his family told the New York Times.
“We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease,” his family said in a statement. “He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done.
“Harry was not just our son,” they continued.
“He was also a wonderful brother, loving grandson, favourite uncle and a caring friend. He was a creative, loving and powerful soul that brought light into so many people’s hearts. He was truly a beautiful person inside and out.”
Brant’s sister, Lily, paid tribute in a touching Instagram post to honour “my amazing big brother and my best friend, words cannot describe how much i will miss you. You were the most amazing brother to me and you stuck with me through everything. You had the most beautiful and sensitive soul and a sense of humour that could brighten anyone’s day,” she wrote.
“Thank you for always making me smile. You taught me how to have empathy for everyone around me and you showed me what it feels like to be understood and cared about. You lit up my world and my heart is full of love for you. a piece of you will remain with me forever. I love you indefinitely Harry. You are an angel and you will always be a beautiful person inside and out. ❤️Rest in peace,” she added.
She concluded with a quote from Ernest Hemingway: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and very brave impartially.”
Naomi Campbell then paid a heartbreaking tribute to her godson on Instagram, sharing two photos of the pair alongside the caption: “It’s taken me a few days to get my head around this to digest the fact my beautiful godson Harry has gone to the spiritual world. Since you were a baby you had this innate magical joy, that you bought [sic] to all who was around you, I would take you to meetings, and they would ask me, if they could hire you, you were not even 10 years old, smart as a whip, creativity bursting from you on every level.
“Harry you’ve taken [sic] piece of my heart, we never judged each other, our [relation]ship was always honest. Too young, to go. I will love you unconditionally always.”
Brant was a regular at fashion shows, with him attending the Met Gala at age 16.
He was a teenage columnist for his father’s Interview magazine, as well as modelling for the likes of Balmain and Italian Vogue.
He also released a unisex makeup line with his brother for MAC, unveiling collections in 2015 and 2016.
According to his parents, Brant had been planning to enter a new drug rehabilitation centre this year, and was hoping to play a larger role in the creative side of Interview magazine, the New York Times reported.