Model Jeremy Ruehlemann’s heartbroken father has opened up about his son’s struggle with addiction just days after his death.
The 27-year-old was found unconscious in his friend’s apartment in midtown Manhattan on Saturday.
His father, Achim Ruehlemann, told the Daily Mail he suspected his son had died of an accidental drug overdose after being addicted to prescription pills for several years.
“He went to rehab and tried to quit taking prescription drugs,” Achim Ruehlemann told the outlet, adding that the painkiller Percocet was among the pills Jeremy couldn’t stop using. .
“Obviously he didn’t make it.”
The devastated 59-year-old told the outlet they weren’t “100% sure exactly what happened” to his son. He said they were awaiting the results of the toxicology test.
“There was no desire to end his life, it was accidental,” Ruehlemann said. “Obviously he had substance abuse issues, but he was very happy. He loved life. He was very dynamic, a wonderful soul and a very generous guy.
Referring to the heartfelt tributes his son has received from the fashion world on social media, Achim Ruehlemann added: “I don’t know if there is anyone who could say anything negative about him. It’s just a tragedy.
The New Jersey native had walked and modeled for designers such as Christian Siriano, John Varvatos, Superdry, Perry Ellis, and more. He has also appeared in publications like GQ and Playhouse Magazine.
Ruehlemann, who was represented by Soul Artist Management, posted a behind-the-scenes photo of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot on his Instagram page days before his death.
Siriano shared a touching tribute to Jeremy Ruehlemann on Instagram on Sunday.
“I’ve never posted anything like this but losing a friend who was such a beautiful soul is so hard,” the ‘Project Runaway’ star wrote. “This is for Jeremy, the most beautiful man who gave so much love to everyone he met no matter what.”
Siriano described the model as one of his “muses” and sent his love to his grieving family and friends.