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Celebrity make-up artist Jake Bailey dead at 37

Published 24/10/2015

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez

Actresses Jenna Dewan Tatum and Emmy Rossum have led the tributes to make-up artist Jake Bailey, who passed away on Friday (23Oct15).

Selena Gomez and Katy Perry’s make-up artist Jake Bailey has died in an apparent suicide.

Bailey's body was discovered by his assistant at his Los Angeles home on Friday (23Oct15). Emergency services were called to the scene, but the 37 year old could not be revived.

According to, officials suspect he succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

No further details about the tragedy have been released, but an autopsy is expected to be conducted by the L.A. County Coroner.

Bailey, who also worked as a photographer, was best known for his work with Gomez and Perry, and helped take care of the Firework singer's look for the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show in February (15). He also styled the likes of Mariah Carey, Katie Holmes, Kyra Sedgwick and Jenna Dewan Tatum, while his clients have also included Nina Dobrev, Paris Hilton and Lea Michele.

A rep for Bailey with Starworks Artists issued a statement to ET on Friday following the tragedy.

“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Jake Bailey's passing,” it began. “He was an undeniable talent, a great friend, a loving son and brother, and our grief is shared with all those whose lives he's touched.

“As one of the industry's most sought after make-up artists, Jake worked with an incredible client roster and his work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, and Allure. He collaborated with some of the top photographers in the fashion and entertainment industries and was also a passionate photographer himself. Jake was a mentor to many, and his work will continue to inspire. He will be truly missed by those who knew him.”

Shameless star Emmy Rossum led the tributes to her friend on Twitter.

"I am gutted to hear of my friend Jake's passing," she wrote. "I saw him on Sunday, we flew together on a plane. He made me laugh as always.

“If there are angels in heaven, they just got a little prettier," she continued in another post. "Because Jake is up there painting their faces... putting lashes on them...”

Fellow actress Jenna also shared her sorrow at Jake’s death.

“I am absolutely devastated today by the passing of my dear friend @ByJakeBailey,” she wrote. “The most loyal, beautiful soul in every way. I love you”

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