Harry Brant, socialite and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour, has died at 24
- NYC socialite Harry Brant has died at the age of 24, his family confirmed to The New York Times.
- His family said that he had died of an accidental overdose of prescription pills.
- Brant was known for pushing gender boundaries in makeup and fashion.
Harry Brant, socialite and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and industrialist Peter M. Brant, has died at the age of 24.
Harry's family confirmed to The New York Times' Vanessa Friedman that he died on Sunday from an accidental overdose of prescription pills.
"Harry was not just our son," the family said in a statement shared with the publication. "He was also a wonderful brother, loving grandson, favorite uncle, and a caring friend. He was a creative, loving, and powerful soul that brought light into so many people's hearts. He was truly a beautiful person inside and out."
"We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease," they said. "He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done."
Harry had faced addiction issues for years, according to the Times, which reported that he had attended Bard College but did not graduate from the New York liberal-arts school. He had plans to enter a drug rehabiliation facility this year, Harry's parents told the Times.
Harry's parents told the publication he had also planned to resume a creative career at Interview magazine, which is owned by his father, and where he had written a column as a teenager.
Harry's mother, Stephanie Seymour, was a top model in the 1980s and 1990s and walked the runway for Victoria's Secret. His father, Peter, is a noted industrialist and magazine publisher. He is also fairly well-known for his art collection that includes Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.
Harry is survived by his parents, two siblings, and five half-siblings.
The socialite was known for pushing gender boundaries in makeup and fashion
Harry, alongside his older brother, Peter Brant, Jr., was an active member of New York City's social scene.
The Times dubbed the Brant brothers "the new princes of the city" in a 2012 profile documenting their social lives filled with designer outfits and fashion shows. In the same year, Vanity Fair published a slideshow giving readers "a peep into the glittering, made-up world of the gorgeous Brant boys."
Harry was also known to frequently experiment with gender expectations in clothing and makeup and had modeled for Balmain and Italian Vogue, as the Times points out.
And in 2015 and 2016, Harry and Peter Jr. launched gender-neutral makeup lines in collaboration with MAC.
"I really think that once you leave high school, you realize that being normal is something that people want to shy away from," Harry told W Magazine at the time of the 2016 launch. "And the more true you are to yourself and the more individual you are, the more people are inherently attracted to you."
Shortly after the 2016 makeup line's release, in July of that year, Harry was arrested when he would not pay a cab fare in Greenwich, Connecticut, according to the Times. He was "charged with larceny, interfering with an officer and drug possession," Friedman wrote, citing a Greenwich Time report.
The fashion world is paying tribute
Members of the fashion world have left comments under Harry's latest Instagram post from January 7 to pay tribute to the late socialite.
Among others, fashion designers Andrew Warren wrote "love you forever," and Olivier Theyskens left a series of white hearts and a dove emoji.
"Love you forever and always my beautiful princess," model Lexi Boling wrote.
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