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EXCLUSIVE: Heartbroken family of Mario Balotelli’s tragic ex-girlfriend Tabby Brown pay tribute to ‘beautiful person’ – as British model is given a Muslim burial after having a suspected heart attack at her London home


Tragic British model Tabby Brown’s family have paid a heartbreaking tribute to her following her sudden death at the age of just 38.

Tabby, who dated footballer Mario Balotelli, is thought to have suffered a heart attack and although paramedics were called to the home she shared with her family there was nothing that could be done to save her.

The former Playboy star – who was also an actor and dancer and who had posed for Cosmopolitan and Elle – said of former Manchester City star Balotelli that she fell for him ‘against my better judgement’.

Tabby was born Muslim and her real name is known to MailOnline, but we have decided not to reveal it at the wishes of her family.

She was described by family members as a ‘beautiful person’.

One added: ‘It was just so very unexpected; she was very fit and healthy, so we just don’t know what happened. We only laid her to rest a day ago and it was just so sudden.

British model Tabby Brown's family have paid a heartbreaking tribute to her following her sudden death

British model Tabby Brown’s family have paid a heartbreaking tribute to her following her sudden death

The former Playboy star was also an actor and dancer and who had posed for Cosmopolitan and Elle

The former Playboy star was also an actor and dancer and who had posed for Cosmopolitan and Elle

Close pal Farah Sattaur was among mourners who attended the funeral ceremony, and she posted a picture of the London Central Mosque with the caption 'sleep now T'

Close pal Farah Sattaur was among mourners who attended the funeral ceremony, and she posted a picture of the London Central Mosque with the caption ‘sleep now T’

Her friend Farah also posted an image of Tabby's flower strewn grave on her public Instagram profile

Her friend Farah also posted an image of Tabby’s flower strewn grave on her public Instagram profile

‘There has been a great outpouring for her and there was a very large turnout for her funeral, and we are so grateful and appreciative for the support and love of everyone.

‘She was actually a very private person, who loved her family, and we all miss her so much. We still can’t believe she’s gone.

‘She was a popular girl, with lots of friends who had a very big public profile but at the same time she was a very private person when she was with her family.’

Her family asked MailOnline to correct reports that Tabby had dated Chelsea player Raheem Sterling and said: ‘It would be really good if you could correct that, she never went out with Raheem, we just don’t know where that came from.

‘She didn’t go out with him full stop, he’s married, and he has a family and it’s just not fair on them so we would appreciate it if you could get it out there that she never dated Raheem Sterling.

‘We’re not sure if Mario knows about it but he’s probably heard about what happened through their mutual friends.’

Model Tabby Brown has died aged 38, with tributes pouring in for the beloved actor and dancer

Model Tabby Brown has died aged 38, with tributes pouring in for the beloved actor and dancer

The family, who live in south London, told MailOnline:’ We really just don’t know what happened. You can see she on her Instagram she went to the gym, and she was a very fit and healthy girl, very strong, it’s taken us all by surprise.

‘We are all still just figuring it out, she was an amazing girl, she was larger than life, she was beautiful both inside and out and had a very good heart, she was just amazing. It’s awful as she was just so young.’

Her funeral service took place at London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park Mosque on Wednesday and she was later buried in a Muslim cemetery at Ilford known as the Gardens of Peace.

An official at the mosque said:’ It was a very last minute service – the prayers were said over the coffin by an imam and then the body was taken away for burial but it was very busy. There must have been around 60 people here.’

Tabby regularly posted photographs on Instagram until February 2022. Here she is pictured wearing an Oh Polly dress

Tabby regularly posted photographs on Instagram until February 2022. Here she is pictured wearing an Oh Polly dress 

Tabby started off working as a business manager before she landed a commercial with Virgin Atlantic

Tabby started off working as a business manager before she landed a commercial with Virgin Atlantic 

Tabby pictured at a launch party in Westfield, London, in July 2013

Tabby pictured at a launch party in Westfield, London, in July 2013

Close pal Farah Sattaur – who starred in Ex on The Beach – was among mourners who attended the ceremony, and she posted a picture of the mosque as well as Tabby’s flower strewn grave on her public Instagram profile.

Paying tribute to her Farah, 37, wrote: ‘I don’t even know what to say, I’m still in shock. It took me a couple of hours for the news of your loss to fully sink in and I’m still asking myself how and why.

‘I loved our friendship, meeting you over ten years ago and spending two of those years being iconic Playboy bunnies together, I will always treasure all the memories we made.’

She added: ‘You were so young and beautiful, funny, ambitious, with sass that we both shared and someone that held herself with so much standard and respect.

‘Your infectious laugh will be incredibly missed…thank you for your friendship, thank you for your time, your support.’

In 2019, Tabby launched her own gym leggins company called tbleggins. Here she is pictured wearing a bodysuit from her brand

In 2019, Tabby launched her own gym leggins company called tbleggins. Here she is pictured wearing a bodysuit from her brand

Tabby had a number of brand deals on her Instagram account including Goli Nutrition, which creates vitamin supplements

Tabby had a number of brand deals on her Instagram account including Goli Nutrition, which creates vitamin supplements 

In the last year or so, the model has used her Instagram account to mainly post selfies

In the last year or so, the model has used her Instagram account to mainly post selfies 

She added:’I don’t know what else to say but I just hope and pray wherever you are you are OK and I’m sending so much love to your family as well.’

Alongside the picture of the London Central Mosque at Regent’s Park, Farah had written the caption: ‘Sleep now T’ alongside emojis of hands, a broken heart and an angel’s wings.

At a wake in her memory a few hours later Farah uploaded a picture of a meal and drinks adding: ‘Let’s celebrate your life T’ with a champagne glass emoji.

The final picture was of four cocktail glasses being clinked with the caption reading: ‘Today we celebrated you TB a beautiful send off for a beautiful girl’ with three heart emojis.

Neighbours in the quiet square where the family live said that an ambulance had been called to the third floor apartment where Tabby lived with her family last week.

They added:’ They are a lovely family – they have two daughters and the one that died was beautiful, it’s so sad, she was so very young, they think it was a heart attack.’

MailOnline has contacted London Ambulance Service for comment.



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