Jeff Thomas, a well-known Out gay model, social media influencer, and entrepreneur, has died at the age of 35. The news of his death was reported by TMZ, which stated that his body was found at his apartment on March 8, and that his death is being viewed as an apparent suicide. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Thomas had over 120,000 followers on Instagram, where he frequently shared photos of his modeling work and personal life. His last post, shared on the same day he passed away, showed him lying in a pool with a caption promoting wellness and mental health.
In addition to his modeling career, Thomas was the founder and director of an art consulting agency called One Popsicle. He described himself as an actor, aspiring firefighter, and proud dog dad.
News of Thomas’ passing has elicited an outpouring of condolences from fans and celebrities alike. Sasha Colby, a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15, wrote “Rest in love” in the comments section of Thomas’ last post. Gia Gunn, a star of All Stars 4, commented “I love you my baby…forever.” Timo Weiland, a financial advisor, expressed his devastation at the loss of Thomas’ “bright light” and “even brighter energy”. Robert Gant, an actor, wrote “Oh Jeff. I’m so incredibly sorry to hear this news. God bless, friend.” Writer Evan Ross Katz commented that he was “Heartbroken”.
As news of Thomas’ death continues to spread, we are reminded of the importance of supporting the mental health of members of the LGBTQ+ community, who face unique challenges related to discrimination and social stigma. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.