Lisa Lynn Masters, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' actress, dies at 52

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Lisa Lynn Masters, a model and veteran television actress who had appeared on Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and most recently Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has died while on a model assignment in Peru. She was 52.

Details of her death have not been released by the family. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Masters' rep said: "In these darkening days, we hope those who have had the pleasure of knowing her will see how brightly she shined and will find that light within themselves and continue to share it with others — just as she would have."

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Lisa Lynn Masters throughout her life
Lisa Masters during 'And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself' - New York Premiere - After Party at Gotham in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Lisa Masters during 'And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself' - New York Premiere - After Party at Gotham in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Lisa Masters during World Premiere of 'The Stepford Wives' at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lisa Masters and Jon Lovitz (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Lisa Masters during World Premiere of 'The Stepford Wives' at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Lisa Masters during 'And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself' - New York Premiere - After Party at Gotham in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AND U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Lisa Masters attends the 'And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself' HBO premiere afterparty at Gotham Hall August 18, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AND U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Lisa Masters attends the 'And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself' HBO premiere afterparty at Gotham Hall August 18, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Lisa Masters during Stepford Wives World Premiere - Arrivals at Mann's Bruin Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 6: Actors Lisa Masters (L) and Colleen Dunn arrive at the world premiere of Paramount's 'The Stepford Wives' at the Bruin Theatre on June 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 6: Actors Lisa Masters (L) and Colleen Dunn arrive at the world premiere of Paramount's 'The Stepford Wives' at the Bruin Theatre on June 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Lisa Masters during 'Stepford Wives' World Premiere - Arrivals at Mann's Bruin Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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A Brooklyn resident, Masters was born in Omaha, Neb. With an academic background in broadcasting, she began as a news reporter before moving to New York to pursue a modeling career. Her first steps into the entertainment industry included work on commercials before breaking into film with a small part in 2004's TheStepford Wives and then a more sustained career in TV with roles on several top-rated shows over the last decade.

Masters is survived by her husband.

UPDATE: As stated in the video above, Lisa Lynn Masters' death was ruled an apparent suicide.

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