Gossip Girl actress hangs herself in hotel room during modelling trip to Peru


    An actress who appeared in top US TV shows and films took her own life during a modelling trip to Peru.

    Lisa Lynn Masters, 52, who was battling depression, was found dead inside her hotel room closet after hanging herself, an official said.

    The star, from Brooklyn, New York, had roles in Gossip Girl , Ugly Betty , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Stepford Wives and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

    Her husband William Brooks was in shock after her death, according to a friend writing on a GoFundMe page set up to pay for her body’s repatriation to America.

    Authorities in the South American country’s capital Lima, said they found two letters which revealed her mental health issues at the Nuevo Mundo Hotel.

    Lisa Masters at a New York premiere of “And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself”
    (Photo: WireImage)

    The fundraising page, which hit its £24,000 goal in one day, will pay for funeral expenses and help her widower, who works as a healing arts practitioner in Brooklyn.

    Ani Mason wrote on the page: “Our dear friend Lisa Masters passed away tragically and unexpectedly.

    “Lisa’s genuine warmth, generosity and tenacious strength will be deeply missed.”

    She adds: “Lisa’s beloved husband William is shocked and grieving her sudden loss.

    “In the midst of this mourning, William faces daunting financial challenges, including the substantial funeral and transport expenses for Lisa in and between Peru and the United States.”

    Actress Lisa Lynn Masters
    Lisa Masters (L) and Colleen Dunn arrive at the world premiere of The Stepford Wives in 2004

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