BORDERS supermodel Stella Tennant took her own life after feeling “unable to go on”, her family have said.

In a statement reported by The Telegraph, Tennant's family said she had been “unwell for some time”.

Tennant died in the Borders on December 22, five days after her 50th birthday.

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The family statement, issued on Thursday, read: “We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.

“She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humour touched so many.

“Stella had been unwell for some time. So, it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her.

“In grieving Stella’s loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue.”

Following Tennant's death, Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Tennant was born in 1970 and is the daughter of Lady Emma Cavendish and Tobias Tennant, who farmed sheep near Hawick.

She went on to marry French-born photographer David Lasnet in Oxnam, near Jedburgh, in 1999.

Having lived in New York, they later moved to Duns, in Berwickshire, where they raised their four children.

During Tennant's career, she worked with designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and Alexander McQueen.

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