A New Zealand influencer and mother of five known for her inspirational fitness posts has passed away.
Bodybuilder and fitness writer Raechelle Chase – who at one point had more than 1.4 million followers on Facebook and was described as an ‘internet sensation’ – passed away earlier this month.
The cause of her death is unknown at this stage.
The Auckland mother has five children, including seven-year-old twins.
Bodybuilder and fitness writer Raechelle Chase – who at one point had more than 1.4 million followers on Facebook and was described as an ‘internet sensation’ – passed away earlier this month
Ms Chase’s death is being investigated by the New Zealand Coroner’s Service
In 2011, Ms Chase became the first Kiwi to qualify for the Picture Olympia bodybuilding event and competed at a series of international competitions.
Most recently, she worked as a fitness model and appeared on magazine covers at least 14 times.
She is also a former influencer who provides online fitness consulting services.
News of her death sparked a wave of tributes, led by her eldest daughter Anna Chase.
‘She is supportive, kind and always gives us the best advice. She was a highly motivated woman with ambition and inspired millions of people around the world,’ she wrote, according to Stuff.
‘I miss her so much and that love will never fade.’
Ms. Chase is a former fitness model who has appeared on magazine covers at least 14 times and is an influencer who offers online fitness consulting services.
Ms Chase was the first Kiwi to qualify for the Olympia bodybuilding event and compete at a series of international competitions
Friend Keith O’Connell described her death as “so sudden, so unexpected”.
‘Not going to lie, few things in my life have impacted me as strongly as your passing… You had so much to live for. So much love to give,’ he wrote earlier this month.
‘You were, still are and always will be one of the kindest beautiful souls I have ever experienced.’
She last appeared on social media on September 30.
“Growth can be painful, change can be painful, but nothing is as painful as being stuck in a place where you don’t belong,” she posted on Instagram.
She also shared photos from the magazine shoot on Facebook late last month.
Mrs. Chase has five children and was married to her husband Chris Chase for 14 years until they separated in February 2015.
Ms Chase (pictured nine months pregnant with twins) describes how raising her children alone has made her feel ‘the most confident and empowered’ she has felt in a long time
Chris Chase was jailed for 10 years after being arrested in 2012 for his role in distributing a drug similar to MDMA.
In 2016, Ms Chase wrote an article for Stuff detailing the ‘toxic’ relationship she fell into after leaving her husband.
‘The relationship has taught me a lot about what I don’t want and what I need to stay away from. Not only did I suffer, but my entire family suffered,’ Ms. Chase wrote.
‘So if you know you’re in an abusive relationship and don’t have the courage to leave, do it for your children. Grab whatever you need long enough to survive crawling out of that hole because I promise you it will be worth it.’
She also described how raising her children alone has given her the “most confident and empowered” feeling she has felt in a long time.
At that time, she was nine months pregnant with her two youngest children.
Ms Chase’s death is being investigated by the New Zealand Coroner’s Service.
“Due to the recent nature of the death, no further information is available at this stage,” a New Zealand Ministry of Justice spokesman said.
Mrs Chase has five children and was married to husband Chris Chase for 14 years until they separated in February 2015
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