A friend of tragic model Alli MacDonnell has revealed her lasting memory of the dedicated mum-of-four.
The 37-year-old died suddenly on Sunday – but her death is not being treated as suspicious.
Following her passing, one of Alli’s closest friends Siobhan O’Connor spoke glowingly about the model.
Writing in the Irish Mirror , Siobhan said: "My lasting memory of Alli is as one of my true confidantes. Two weeks ago, I phoned her to tell her I admired the bones of her.
"I phoned Alli to congratulate her on single-handedly rearing four beautiful children and to ask her about her own coping skills.
"I could barely handle a few days going solo [with my children] and she told me I was ‘enough’, I was doing the best I could.
"In her usual, gregarious, witty way she laughed her head off at me as she whipped up a fry for her large family and told me: ‘Welcome to the club, it’s tough but so worth it, it’s feeding time at the zoo here.
"’I have to get up at 6am every day and keep going until I collapse into bed by 9pm, just to keep the show on the road.’"
Siobhan said her friend appeared to have it all under control.
And at parties she was always the one to serve up gourmet feasts with the motto to give without ever expecting to receive.
Siobhan said: "At a recent gathering several weeks ago, I caught Alli changing our two-year-old daughter’s nappy.
"I cajoled her for taking on another task and she brushed it off, saying: ‘I change a dirty nappy every half an hour, sure I used to work in a creche.’
"Alli was one of the most selfless down-to-earth girls I’ve ever met, when times got tough she just kept going."
The Andrea Roche model gave tirelessly, working with Autism Ireland and helped to raise awareness and garner resources for the charity.
Her little boy Harry, nine, and her two-year-old daughter Siena were both diagnosed with the condition. So with first-hand experience, she knew how important such services are.
"Sleeping beauty Alli will never wake up again and her tragic death does not make any sense to any of her friends who mourned her on Monday at an intimate evening wake at John and Marlon’s," said Siobhan.
"She had her whole life in front of her. We can’t fathom that she is gone, we are inconsolable."
Some weeks previous she told of her excitement that two new TV shows were on the horizon and the prospect of getting stuck in.
Alli was on course to front a TV3 sketch show and she was in talks to spearhead an investigative documentary on autism.
Siobhan said: "Every time I think of her four beautiful children who are left behind, my stomach aches.
"Their mum will never get to see them get married and she will never get to collect her precious daughter Siena from the school gates. We are praying for them eternally.
"RIP our wonderful, beautiful friend, you are gone and it hurts like hell, but you are never ever forgotten."
It yesterday emerged police want to speak to anyone who was in contact with a tragic model in the hours before her death.
Shortly before she passed away, she left her followers a cryptic Facebook post which read: "Why is it ok for a man to call z girl a fat ugly C*** ??????
"Seriously new level of pushing someone to the edge."
Now it has emerged police will be taking statements from anyone who was in contact with her before her death – through social media or other means.
But a Garda source told Irish Mirror they are not treating the mum-of-four’s death as suspicious.
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