HAWTHORNE, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — James Freud, frontman for the influential alt-rock band the Models, was found dead just one week after his band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
According to the Sidney Morning Herald, police confirmed that the 51-year-old Freud was found at his Hawthorne home, dead of an apparent suicide.
"James's battle with alcoholism has been well chronicled. His two books on his recovery and five years' sobriety were bestsellers and gave a lot of people who were suffering the same affliction comfort and hope," Gudinski said this afternoon." said Australian promoter and friend of Freud Michal Gudinski. "Unfortunately, James has succumbed to his disease and taken his own life this morning."
Freud had long struggled with addiction to alcohol and drugs and had published two books about his recovery and been sober for more than five years.
Freud is survived by his wife Sally, and sons Harrison and Jackson. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers