Just five weeks after model Katie Cleary was spotted cozying up to Leo DiCaprio at a party, her husband sadly took his own life on June 22.
Andrew Stern, 40, reportedly shot himself while at a shooting range in the San Fernando Valley. His wife, America’s Next Top Model alum and Deal or No Deal model, Katie Cleary allegedly told police afterward that he was suffering from depression and they were going through a divorce, according to TMZ.
Katie Cleary’s Husband’s Suicide
On May 19, Katie was spotted at Gotha Club during Cannes Film Festival hanging out with Leonardo DiCaprio, who was photographed whispering in her ear. The two appeared to get every close at the party. Later that same week, she was spotted out with Adrian Grenier.
Katie did not go home with Leo and nothing happened as he left with his girlfriend Tori Garrn, TMZ reports. The suicide had nothing to do with Leo and they had actually split eight months ago — Andrew filed for divorce in April, her rep told the publication. They added that the photos were not an issue and they had talked about them. Additionally, Adrien and Katie have been friends for a while and May 19 was the first night she had ever met Leo — all the talked about was animal conservation.
Police interviewed sources close to Andrew after his death, and they revealed that he was extremely stressed over marital issues and that he had history of both financial troubles and depression. His friends told TMZ the pics of Katie with Leo and Adrian did bother him, and that he filed for divorce because was embarrassed she kept hanging all over celebs.
Andrew’s Friends & Family Mourn
In a statement for HollywoodLife.com, Andrew’s family released the following statement:
It’s extremely upsetting that our family’s private tragedy has become public, and we’d like to ask the media to please respect our privacy as we grieve our only son. This unwanted attention has resulted in several false & hurtful speculations that do not truthfully describe the devoted, unselfish, accomplished & proud man Andrew was.
Andrew was an adored son, cherished friend, successful businessman, adventurous athlete, passionate animal rights activist & humanitarian. No one is without flaws, but Andrew was a giving & generous spirit who touched so many lives in a positive way. For those of us who loved him, there will never be an answer to ‘why?’ We choose to honor his memory by remembering how he lived, not how he died.”
Andrew starred on season two of Millionaire Matchmaker. Later, the couple appeared on Million Dollar Listing. Andrew was the co-founder of RipLounge.com.
One of Andrew’s close friends wrote memories he had, tweeting out the obituary:
After he was on the Millionaire Matchmaker show, I always gave him a hard time about that — until he found the love of his life and married her.
Andrew kept his original company, never sold out, always was making money and working hard. I remember the ridiculous first flash site he had with a swinging sign and I told him the entire idea would never work at all and the site sucks He never really listened to my advice, and always ended up making money pretty much by himself, through hard work.
We both started in the industry at the same time, and his passing makes me extremely sad. We were both young kids in this industry, and grew up making money in this industry — and everyone I know did business with him at one time or another.
My thoughts to his family and all those who were touched by him. He will be missed.
— Emily Longeretta