AceShowbiz - Jeff Thomas' tragic death was a freak accident, his agent believes. The model's agent doesn't believe that the 35-year-old took his own life when he fell from the balcony of his Miami apartment earlier this month, suggesting that he may have fallen to his death while taking a selfie.
"I just can't believe it's true that he intentionally did this. He may have fallen while he was taking a selfie," Luli Batista of The Sovereign Talent Group told Daily Mail. She said that the last time they spoke was on Tuesday, March 7, less than 24 hours before his shocking death, and that they had been exchanging text messages and joking regarding an upcoming audition.
"He couldn't wait to tell me about his move to Miami. He seemed thrilled and was proud of himself. He was happy, motivated and excited for his next step just loving life," the Los Angeles-based agent added. "I am so stunned. He was such a beautiful and sweet boy.' "
Jeff's cousin Meghan Rae also believes that the model did not commit suicide, as many have speculated. "This was not a suicide. To report otherwise is a complete disregard to his character and who he was," she told the site.
"The information being published is false and defamatory," she insisted. "No further comments will be made by our family. Please respect our privacy and his memory during this difficult time."
Jeff passed away on Wednesday, March 8 after cops received a call that he had taken his own life. His body was found on the sidewalk outside his apartment in Miami. Witnesses claimed to have watched him jump from the balcony, but cops are still investigating.
In a Facebook post, Jeff's brother Skylar Ray fueled the suicide theory as he revealed the clotheshorse's battle with addiction and mental health issues. "Dear friends and family," he wrote. "It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of my brother, Jeff on Wednesday, March 8th."
Skylar continued, "As you have followed through the years, Jeff traveled the world and lived life to the fullest. What you may not know, is Jeff struggled with addiction and mental health challenges, which ultimately led to his tragic passing."
The post went on to describe Jeff's struggle as "difficult," but paid tribute to his "sense of humor, love for music, art and family." Skylar then urged anyone else battling similar issues to seek help.