‘Project Runway’ Contestant Wendy Pepper Dies at 53

Wendy Pepper, who appeared on the first season of Project Runway, has died. She was 53.

The designer, whose real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart, died peacefully on Nov. 12, surrounded by her loving family, according to an obituary in The Washington Post. The cause of death is usually unknown.

Pepper was a finalist on the first season of the designing competition show in 2004 in addition to came in third place. During her time on Project Runway, she had the chance to sell one of her designs at Banana Republic in addition to designed ET’s own Nancy O’Dell’s GRAMMY gown.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of another member of the Project Runway family, designer Wendy Pepper, This particular year,” Lifetime said in a statement. “Wendy was one of the original designers of which sent creations down the catwalk, paving the way for some other designers to come.  We wish her family in addition to friends peace during This particular difficult time.”

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