Tatjana Patitz Cause of Death: Supermodel Dies At Age 56

Tatjana Patitz died of breast cancer, her agent Corinne Nicolas told PEOPLE. Vogue reported on Jan. 11 that she had died at age 56.

“She is survived by her son, her sister, and her parents. We are all devastated by her passing,” Nicolas shared in a statement with PEOPLE. “She was compassionate soul, kind and generous of heart and an avid advocate of animal rights. One of the major causes she supported was the conservation of wild horses.”

Tatjana Patitz Cause of Death
Tatjana Patitz Cause of Death

Patitz was one of the first “supermodels,” along with Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. She had a big impact on the modeling industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing on some of the most famous magazine covers and music videos of the time, before stepping back to care for animals and raise her son, Jonah Johnson.


After she worked with the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh in the late 1980s, the famous German supermodel became very well known. But it was the famous black-and-white cover of British Vogue in January 1990 that put her on the map.

A French PETA ad is made by Fabienne Terwinghe, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Heather White, and Emma Sjoberg.

After she did the cover shoot with Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista, George Michael asked her to be in his famous “Freedom ’90” music video. It was one of the most memorable music videos ever made because all five models were in the spotlight and lip-synced to Michael’s song.

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