A spokesperson for the family former “Deal or No Deal” model Katie Cleary gave a statement to US Weekly magazine confirming Cleary’s husband Andrew Stern committed suicide on Sunday, June 22. Stern, 40, drove to the Target Shooting Range in the San Fernando Valley Van Nuys area and shot himself in the head.
The couple separated eight months ago with reports of it being an amicable separation. There are reports that Stern, who suffered from depression, financial troubles and marital woes, grew tired of Cleary’s frequent traveling. He filed for a divorce in April. The two married on July 31, 2010.
Prior to his death, Cleary was seen cozying up with film star Leonardo DiCaprio and “Entourage’s” Adrian Grenier at the recent Cannes Film Festival in France. However, she and her reps have dismissed any speculation that photos of the “America’s Next Top Model” alum with the stars having anything to do with Stern’s suicide. However, there are rumblings of Stern’s friends telling a much different story adding that they noticed he became more and more sad as his marriage unraveled.
Aside from “Deal or No Deal,” the Chicago area native and actress has made several television appearances on shows such as: “Chuck,” “CSI:NY,” “Medium,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Entourage.” The game show “Deal or No Deal” ran from 2005 to 2010 on NBC and was hosted by comedian Howie Mandel. Contestants would deal for a prize of up to $1 million and featured a bevy of beautiful models holding cases containing various sums of money. Cleary was briefcase girl number 11.
No stranger to the camera himself, Stern appeared on season 2 of the reality TV series “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” Stern was an internet entrepreneur and co-founder of a 3-D flash based social networking site. Skilled in the field of marketing, Stern previously worked for the Los Angeles Lakers, Taco Bell, Pepsi and Southwest Airlines.