Tatjana Patitz died at the aged 56 from breast cancer on Wednesday morning in California, her agent confirmed to DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
And soon after tributes came pouring in for the beauty who starred George Michael’s music video, Freedom! from 1990 with Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford.
Fellow models Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Elaine Irwin as well as Vogue editor Anna Wintour were the first to share their remarks.
Pretty woman: Tatjana Patitz died at the aged 56 from breast cancer on Wednesday morning in California, her agent confirmed to DailyMail.com on Wednesday. And soon after tributes came pouring in for the beauty
Crawford shared flashback photos with Patitz on Insta Stories and a two broken heart emojis over the images.
Campbell shared several icons for a dove, broken heart and prayer on Twitter.
Amber Valletta, who worked for Vogue and Versace and has acted in films like What Lies Beneath and the TV series Blood And Oil, said, ‘So so sad.’
From Helena: ‘This is deeply deeply sad,’ Christensen shared. She also wrote, ‘Beautiful spirit she was’ as she added two broken heart emojis
A lot of emojis: Her freedom co-star Naomi Campbell shared several icons for a dove, broken heart and prayer
Her heart is broken: Amber Valletta, who worked for Vogue and Versace and has acted in films like What Lies Beneath and the TV series Blood And Oil, said, ‘So so sad’
Herzigova said, ‘An angel has left us, Tatjana Patitz …hearing about your passing is the saddest news I could have imagined…I miss your dearly RIP.’
‘This is deeply deeply sad,’ Christensen shared. She also wrote, ‘Beautiful spirit she was’ as she added two broken heart emojis.
‘Forever treasured Tatjana. With love to @tatjanapatitz and family,’ shared Elaine Irwin.
Anna Wintour, chief content officer of Condé Nast and global editorial director of Vogue, said: ‘Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti.
‘She was far less visible than her peers—more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable—and that had its own appeal.’
Makeup artist Pati Dubroff said, ‘Gutted to hear of the passing of this beauty. @tatjanapatitz was one of the first models I met and connected with when we were both in our early 20s. She was already a “supermodel” and i was ‘just’ an assistant. She was kind, cool and so down to earth.
‘As I write this I realize that not only have we lost this light, also the photographer @therealpeterlindbergh and hairdresser #davidbabaii from this shoot are no longer with us on this earthly existence.’
Photographer Peter Lindbergh’s team shared on Twitter, ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tatjana Patitz, a long-time friend of Peter’s. We would like to salute Tatjana’s kindness, inner beauty and outstanding intelligence. Our thoughts go to her loved ones and particularly Jonah. She will be immensely missed.’
fellow model Elaine Irwin posted a picture of their joint Paris Vogue cover and said: ‘Forever treasured Tatjana. With love to Tatjiana Patitz and family’
The star was born in Germany but raised in Sweden.
She got her start in the modeling business as a teenager but only found international fame when she was photographed by acclaimed shutterbug Peter Lindberg.
Later the cover girl moved to California to be near her horses.
She was married to Jason Johnson for six years, and the pair had a son, Jonah, together in November 2004 – who she describes as her ‘source of happiness’.
Iconic: Hamburg-born Patitz starred alongside (L-R) Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington,and Cindy Crawford – with Patitz in the center – on the cover of British Vogue for the January issue in 1990. George Michael saw the cover and invited all of the girls to star in his music video
No clothes: Seen second from left with, from left, Fabienne Terwinghe, Campbell, Heather White and Emma Sjoberg
Sing it: The Hamburg-born beauty was best known for her work with Vogue as well as her starring role in the George Michael music video Freedom from 1990 with pals Cindy Crawford , Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington