Annabel Tollman, Celebrity Stylist, Dies at 36

06/07/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Annabel Tollman Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc/Sipa

The fashion world has suffered a great loss: Celebrity stylist Annabel Tollman passed away suddenly at the age of 36, the New York Daily News reports. She was found dead, apparently of natural causes, in her New York City apartment on Thursday.

Tollman’s clients included Scarlett Johansson, Shakira, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Some of her greatest styling moments were dressing Johansson in a form-fitting red Valentino gown for the 2006 Golden Globes and helping Kristen Wiig chicly navigate her Bridesmaids press tour in 2011.

Tollman, born in Brussels in 1977 and raised between the U.K. and N.Y.C, also worked as a fashion director for Interview magazine, and according to The Cut, was developing a Bravo series at the time of her death. She earned a degree in fashion journalism from Central St. Martins in London, and wrote for myriad publications. In 2010, she also became a spokeswoman for eBay Fashion, and was profiled in the New York Times, where she shared her fashion motto: “Make a fairy tale and go and live in it.”

While no signs of suspicious behavior surrounding her death were reported, an autopsy is planned, a NYPD spokesman said via WWD.

–Brittany Talarico

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Tracie on

The Daily Mail reports it was due to a blood clot after she had routine surgery. Regardless, it is still sad. Prayers for all those that loved her.

me on

I actually nearly died a few months ago, and I am 36 years old. I am a runner, worked out every day, went to spin class 3 times a week. It turns out I have a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis for reasons we are not yet sure why. so your assertion that it isn’t natural to die at 36 is ignorant at best.

Renee on

While I don’t know her I find this terribly sad. For those commenting you certainly can die of natural causes at a young age. Sometimes thing go wrong with the human body :( my husband and I have lost 2 friends in the past few years (mid 20’s) from heart attack and aneurism.

Tangerineextreme on

Yes she very well could have died from ‘natural causes’. I had a friend that almost died at age 23 because of a blood clot and had she not been at her parents house at the time should would have passed out in the floor and died from pulmonary embolism because the blood clot went to her lungs. She passed out twice and her parents called 911 and they barely got her to the ER. She was on Yaz birth control and was otherwise healthy so yes, you can definitely have health issues you are unaware of. Very sad she passed away.

Chive On on

It was probably either a seizure or an unknown heart condition… thats usually what they consider “natural” causes in young people.

Sandy on

People die of “natural causes” at younger ages than 36 — undetected heart conditions, stroke, aneurysm and a whole host of other things. It’s not that unusual or suspicious — just sad and rather shocking because of their ages.

Melisa on

Hold the phone…..Mary Kate and Ashley Olson actually had a stylist?? Did they PAY her???

Joe on

Sad, of course, that she died so young. But if she was styling the Olsen twins, she wasn’t very good at her job. They always look like bag ladies with a mascara fetish.


Natural causes doesn’t mean “peacefully in her sleep at old age” … it just means not murder or suicide or accidental overdose etc.

huh on

What is WRONG with most of you people!?! Old people die of natural causes, babies die of natural causes, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, grandparents, grandchildren, friends, lovers and enemies ALL die of natural causes. Just because someone dies at 36 with a lot to live for and a lot of plans in the works doesn’t mean it was anything OTHER than natural causes.Stop trying to make it a huge conspiracy and just hope that she went peacefully and her family has some comfort in knowing that it wasn’t violent. SHEESH!

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