Australian model Annalise Braakensiek, 46, found dead

Annalise Braakensiek, a high-profile model and actress in Australia, has died at the age of 46.

Authorities found her body in her apartment on Sunday, January 6, after those close to her were concerned about her wellbeing, though police said her death is not currently considered to be suspicious.

Braakensiek, who was discovered by a photographer on Bondi Beach in Sydney at the age of 16, had long been open about her struggle with mental health and worked as an ambassador for the suicide prevention organization, R U OK?.

As recently as December, the model opened up about her personal struggles, calling 2018 "a challenging year"

In November, she penned a heartfelt post about the "dark clouds" that she often found herself under as she continued to work through her battles with personal demons.

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Annalise Braakensiek through the years
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Annalise Braakensiek through the years
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Annalise Braakensiek arrives ahead of a screening of The Second as part of the Sydney Film Festival 2018 at Event Cinemas George Street on June 9, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Annalise Braakinsiek arrives ahead of the LEGO Batman Movie Sydney Family Preview at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on March 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the Australian Premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road at Event Cinemas George Street on May 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Annalise Braakinsiek arrives at the 'Top Five' special screening on March 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Annalise Braakensiek poses at The CAMILLA Beach House on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Sydney Premiere at The Entertainment Quarter on January 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' Australian premiere at The Entertainment Quarter on November 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the 'Man Of Steel' Australian premiere on June 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Annalise Braakensiek attends the Camilla show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Centennial Park on April 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Annalise Braakensiek walks the black carpet at the Sydney premiere of The Dark Knight Rises at IMAX Darling Harbour on July 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the crowning ceremony to announce the 2012 Miss Universe Australia at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on June 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Annalise Braakensiek arrives for the Nana Judy show on day five of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2012/13 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on May 4, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Annalise Braakensiek oses ahead of the Suboo catwalk show on day five of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2012/13 at the Summit Restaurant on May 4, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the premiere of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on September 14, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at Labyrinth By Camilla show at the as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2011 at Sydney Town Hall on August 26, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Annalise Braakinsiek arrives at the 'Water for Elephants' Sydney Premiere at the State Theatre on May 6, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Model Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the Alex Perry catwalk during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011/12 at Overseas Passenger Terminal on May 2, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Annalise Braakensiek arrives for the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards at the Sydney Opera House on September 29, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Annalise Braakensiek attends the front row for the Camilla Franks Avatar-themed Camilla Babylon catwalk show as part of Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2010, at Sydney Town Hall on August 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Media personality Annalise Braakensiek attends the Nookie after show party following their catwalk show on the third day of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010/11 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay on May 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. RAFW is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, with more than 100 designers showcasing their collections in 63 shows during the five day event. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Model Annalise Braakensiek attends the Rachel Gilbert Spring/Summer 2010 runway show during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Corbis via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Annalise Braakensiek arrives for the Australian Premiere of 'The Lovely Bones' at Greater Union George Street on December 10, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30: Television personality Annaliese Braakensiek arrives for the Pride of Australia National Medal 2009 ceremony at the Westin Hotel on November 30, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: Annalise Braakensiek arrives at the KAS Australia Fashion Show at Doltone House on November 10, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: TV personality Annaliese Braakensiek attends day 2 of 'Magazines Go Live' as part of the 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty at the Royal Hall of Industries on September 12, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Annalise Brakensiek arrives for the MAC Style Black Party at The Oxford Arts Factory on September 9, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Model Annalise Braakensiek launches her 'Annalise - the Collection' lingerie range with store Bras N Things at Centennial Parklands Dining on August 19, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Media personality Annaliese Braakensiek poses at the New Generation V Australia catwalk show at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay on day five of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009/10 on May 1, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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"Mental health has so so many misconceptions, criticism, misunderstandings and false judgments still!! We have to break the silence on mental health because it happens to the best of us," she wrote. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have helped me though my dark clouds.... now I’m strong enough to help my loved ones who unfortunately are not in the best place right now. But we will get through this! I love you and am your rock."

Braakensiek appeared on television shows like "Home & Away," "Heartbreak High" and "Pizza." As a model, she worked with brands like Nivea, La Perla, Levi's and Toyota, among others.

Her death comes less than a year after she split from stockbroker Danny Goldberg, who she had been married to for 16 years, in April of 2018.

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