Ex-Playboy model ‘jumps to death with young son’ following custody battle

A former Playboy model has died after jumping from a New York hotel with her seven-year-old son, according to police.

The centrefold, identified as 47-year-old Stephanie Adams, and her son Vincent have both died, officers say.

Officials said the pair had checked into the penthouse suite on the 25th floor of the Gotham Hotel in midtown Manhattan on Thursday night.

They were found on a second-floor balcony at about 8.15am on Friday by workers, who called police.

Hotel staff said they had no information. The investigation is ongoing.

The Gotham Hotel is on 46th Street, about four blocks from Grand Central Terminal.

Stephanie was named Miss November in Playboy in 1992.

Born in New Jersey, she was raised by her aunts, Joyce and Pearl, who were both former models and encouraged her to pursue a career in the industry from the age of 16.

She began her career after graduating and posed for photoshoots for Seventeen magazine, and brand Venus Swimwear, as wellm as in commercial advertisements for Clairol.

While modelling, Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She went on to make a cameo appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine.

She was also a published author, releasing her first book in 2003.

She formed her own publishing company in 2007.

One of Stephanie’s books was dedicated to her aunt Joyce, following her death from breast cancer in 2003. It was called He Only Takes The Best.

She followed it up with another book, Guardian, published in honour of her elderly aunt Pearl.

Stephanie also ran her own brand, Goddessy, under which she released metaphysical books, astrology calenders and tarot cards.

She was also the founder and CEO of skin care company, Goddessy Organics.

Stephanie was married to an Italian investment banker early in her career, but they later divorced, and in 2003, she became the first Playmate to come out as a lesbian.

It was the cover story on She magazine.

The following year, she was named a lesbian sex symbol by another publication.

Then in 2009, Stephanie announced she was engaged to a man and described herself in an interview as straight.

After marrying the New York doctor, she said she was retiring from public life and would spend her time privately with her husband and son.

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