Jeanine Pepler, publicist for 'Sex and the City' author, dies by suicide: Report

Publicist Jeanine Pepler, who represented writers like “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell and “Bright Lights, Big City” scribe Jay McInerney, has died by suicide, the Page Six reported on Thursday.

Pepler reportedly died by hanging at the age of 50 in her Sag Harbor home on Long Island.

Friends told Page Six her boyfriend, artist Steve Miller, found her body, with a NY State Police calling her death “an active, ongoing investigation.”

In 2005, Pepler founded the boutique PR agency AKA Life, where she represented Bushnell and McInerney, among others.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Steve Miller and Jeanine Pepler attend A Christmas Cheer Holiday Party 2017 Hosted by George Farias, Anne and Jay McInerney at The Doubles Club on December 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 28: Nancy Rosenthal and Jeanine Pepler attend Alzheimer's Association Hosts Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons Kickoff Event at Private Residence on July 28, 2017 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 4: Jay McInerney and Jeanine Pepler attend Jay McInerney Book Party for 'Bright, Precious Days' Hosted by Audrey Gruss at 21 Club on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 4: (L-R) Felicia Taylor, Jeanine Pepler, Candace Bushnell, Nicole Miller and Laurie Durning attend Southampton Fresh Air Home's Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction at Southampton Fresh Air Home on June 4, 2016 in Southampton, NY. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 5: Jeanine Pepler and Jay McInerney attend Tom & Diane Tuft and Christina Cuomo Celebrate the Launch of Jay McInerney's New Novel 'Bright, Precious Days' at Private Residence on August 5, 2016 in Water Mill, NY. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 16: Emily Smith and Jeanine Pepler attend ANNE HEARST MCINERNEY, JAY MCINERNEY and GEORGE FARIAS Holiday Party at 21 Club on December 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 9: Cynthia Parsons McDaniel and Jeanine Pepler attend GAWKER Hosts Book Party for 'LEO FUCHS: Special Photographer From the Golden Age of Hollywood at 5 Ninth on December 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 9: Jeanine Pepler and Alexandre Fuchs attend GAWKER Hosts Book Party for 'LEO FUCHS: Special Photographer From the Golden Age of Hollywood at 5 Ninth on December 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 6: (L-R) Sara Colleton, Gary Fisketjon and Jeanine Pepler attend Book Party hosted by Anne Hearst McInerney, Candace Bushnell & Nicole Miller Celebrating 'HOW IT ENDED' by Jay McInerney at CRU Restaurant on April 6, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 29: (L-R) Jeanine Pepler, Nancy Rosenthal and Laura McFarlane attend Launch Party For A Hedonists Guide To New York at D'Or on October 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by TZIREL KAMINETZKY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 29: Louis Rozzo and Jeanine Pepler attend Launch Party For A Hedonists Guide To New York at D'Or on October 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by TZIREL KAMINETZKY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Jeanine Pepler, Lewis Lapham and Michelle Clark attend AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY Honors Lewis Lapham at the 15th Annual Gala at Gotham Hall on April 17, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Jeanine Pepler, Andrew Lapham and Michelle Clark attend AFRICAN RAINFOREST CONSERVANCY Honors Lewis Lapham at the 15th Annual Gala at Gotham Hall on April 17, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Jeanine Pepler, Ian Spiegelman and Beth Landman attend Engagement of Sessa von Richthofen and Richard Johnson at Four Seasons Pool House on September 26, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) Candace Bushnell, Jeanine Pepler and Atmosphere attend Carlos Miele & Padma Lakshmi host a Secret Afterparty honoring The Tribeca Film Festival & the First Annual Pen World Voices International Festival at Hunt Slonem Studio on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 8: Jeanine Pepler and Jay McInerney attend NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)'s 7th Annual 'Forces for Nature' Gala Benefit honoring John H. Adams, co-founder of NRDC at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 8, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 1: Jeanine Pepler and Mary T. Browne attend The Launch of AKA (the Night-Life Guide) and Designer Jhane Barnes' Spring 2005 Collection with Photography by Patrick McMullan at Saks Fifth Avenue on February 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Sessa Von Richthofen and Jeanine Pepler during Jones, McInerney & Ronson Host Holiday Party at AS PARKER Boutique at AS Parker Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Saxton Group)
Jeanine Pepler, Ann Jones and Beverly Parker during Jones, McInerney & Ronson Host Holiday Party at AS PARKER Boutique at AS Parker Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Saxton Group)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 9: Jeanine Pepler McInerney and Sarah Carlton attend Oscar de La Renta Fashion Show at Bryant Park Tents on February 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Andrew Parker and Jeanine Pepler during Jones, McInerney & Ronson Host Holiday Party at AS PARKER Boutique at AS Parker Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Saxton Group)
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The company site notes that she was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, before doing graduate work at Georgetown University and eventually moving to New York in 1996.

It also lists her interests, including “golf, white burgundy, Betty’s Greek wraps and her daily early morning romp in the dog run with Violet, her French bulldog.”

Pepler dated McInerney for around six years before splitting in 2005, though the pair stayed friends afterward.

"For Jeanine: Who rescued me that day and many days thereafter," McInerney wrote in dedication to Pepler at the beginning of his 2006 novel, "The Good Life."

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