Pippa O’Sullivan, the Adelaide sex worker who went by the name Grace Bellavue, has died after a long battle with mental illness.
The 28-year-old escort, writer and decriminalization campaigner is believed to have taken her own life after posting a message on her Facebook page in the early hours of Monday morning.
The status update revealed a dark frame of mind and prompted an outpouring of concern from Pippa’s friends.
But the messages of support tragically fell on deaf ears and Pippa’s family has confirmed she passed away shortly after posting the status update.
“As you can see, Pip was dealing with issues that in the end overcame her,” mother Lyn O’Sullivan wrote.
Ms O’Sullivan told news.com.au she wanted her daughter to be remembered as “a free spirit” and a literary soul who “had an intimate conversation with life” through her unconventional line of work.
“She was the most literate person I knew and understood the human psyche like you would not believe,” Ms O’Sullivan said.
“We are going to look through some 30,000 social media posts, collate some of her writing and possibly publish a book.
Angel, the Bengalese rescue cat that had brought Pippa new joy in recent months, is being cared for by the family.