Wendy Pepper, who was a contestant on the first season of “Project Runway,” died on Sunday.
She was 53.
The fashion designer, whose real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart, came in third place on the fashion reality series back in 2004 and debuted her own line in 2006.
The Dayton, Ohio, native appeared on “Project Runway All Stars,” which aired in 2012 and 2013, as well on two other reality TV shows on Bravo, including “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and “Battle of the Network Reality Stars.”
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In addition to working as a fashion designer, Pepper was also a chef, writer and “life-long entrepreneur,” her obituary in The Washington Post read.
It is unclear how Pepper passed away. Her obituary in the Washington Post said she is survived by her daughter, parents, sister and two brothers.
Countless “Runway” fans took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Pepper, who they noted was part of the influential season that put the show on the map for multiple seasons to come.
“‘If you really want to succeed, you’ve gotta be willing to throw yourself into the arena,'” one social media user wrote, appearing to quote the reality show alum. “#wendypepper you will be remembered for being a talented designer and a witty and humorous lady and mother.”
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Pepper’s death comes just one month after fellow “Project Runway” alum Mychael Knight died at 39. Knight, who competed on the third season of the series, died after being checked into a Georgia hospital with intestinal issues.
“Project Runway” just aired the season finale of its 16th season on Thursday night.
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