Monica Sirianni, best known for appearing on Italian Big Brother, has died aged 37.
Monica is said to have collapsed at a bar after falling ill on Friday night while out with friends in Sauveria Mannelli in the region of Catanzaro.
According to Italy 24, Monica died late on Friday evening with local outlets first reporting on the incident.
Local outlets say that Monica’s friends raised the alarm after she suddenly fell ill and the former reality star was immediately taken to hospital but was soon pronounced dead.
Investigations into her death are underway.
Monica appeared on Italy’s Big Brother between 2011 and 2012 when the show was fronted by Alessia Marcuzzi and Alfonso Signorini.
She was just 25 during her stint on the world-famous reality series and previously worked as an English teacher, a profession she returned to after the show.
While on the show, Monica famously struck up a romance with Fabrizio Conti and even left her boyfriend for him.
Sadly, Monica – who stayed in Italy after her parents moved to Australia – and Fabrizio’s romance didn’t last long.
Naples outlet Napolike reports that attempts to resuscitate Monica were made at the bar, but were unsuccessful.
Napolike also states that an autopsy took place over the weekend.
Since news of Monica’s death broke, tributes have been paid on Twitter, with one person writing: ‘I wanted to remember this beautiful girl Monica Sirianni, former competitor of Big Brother and now a teacher, who passed away yesterday at the age of 37 due to a sudden illness.’
Another added: ‘RIP,’ while someone else tweeted: ‘It doesn’t seem true that she is no longer here.’
‘Very sad,’ said someone else, while another social media user penned: ‘I remember her from Big Brother [sad face emoji].’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Catanzaro police for comment.
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