The girlfriend of bankrupt property tycoon Scot Young said she is "distraught" after he fell to his death at an upmarket London property.
Mr Young (52), who was sent to prison during a vitriolic and very public divorce row over a multi-million-pound settlement, fell on to railings outside the luxury flat in Montagu Square, Marylebone, central London, in what witnesses described as a "grisly" and "brutal" scene.
The tycoon's American model girlfriend Noelle Reno said in a statement: "I am distraught by the sudden loss of my best friend and ask that you give me the respect and privacy I need to grieve in peace."
Ms Reno, a 30-year-old fashion entrepreneur, acquired a level of fame after appearing alongside Mr Young on reality television show Ladies Of London.
Police said the death, which happened on Monday evening, is not being treated as suspicious.
Mr Young's ex-wife Michelle (50), who was locked in a long legal battle with him, said: "I just want to be left alone.''
She told The Telegraph earlier that she was with her daughters and said they "have been to hell and back''.
A neighbour said Mr Young and Ms Reno had been living for a few months at the property, which is believed to be rented and is opposite the Swedish embassy and next to the embassy of Switzerland.
He said the couple had been in the flat together on the day the businessman died.