Tatjana Patitz, one of an elite group of famed supermodels who graced magazine covers in the 1980s and ’90s and appeared in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” music video, has died. She was aged 56 at the time of the death.
The cause of death was metastatic breast cancer, a family representative informed the media, the agencies said.
Metastatic breast cancer is when the breast cancer spreads to an area farther and different from the point where it started. This is the stage where the doctors say cancer has metastasized.
Patitz, who was born in Germany, raised in Sweden and later made her life in California, was known as part of an elite handful of “original” supermodels, appearing in the Michael video along with Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.
Tatjana was born in Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, in 1966, to an Estonian mother and a German father. At the age of 17, she entered a contest.
She cemented her fame after featuring on the 1990 British Vogue cover alongside fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.