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Model Ambrose Olson Dies at 24


Ambrose Olson, a successful fashion model who appeared in campaigns for Armani Exchange, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and YSL among others, died unexpectedly last Thursday. No official details as to the cause of death have been released.

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  1. Oh Andy --- it is your blog and I am sure his death is sad.

    But the sick message you are reinforcing is not good -- the constant focus on the shallow obsession on external looks just part of the very widespread narcissistic personality disorder that the gay community lives under and with.

    Given your background and circle it does not surprise.

    May the young man rest in peace.

    Posted by: Walter | Apr 26, 2010 9:41:27 AM

  2. Yeah Andy. Please post more on the deaths of semi-obscure ugly people!

    Posted by: Jimbo | Apr 26, 2010 9:45:24 AM

  3. @Walter

    And yet you come here and read the blog. What exactly does that say about you?

    Posted by: Taylor | Apr 26, 2010 9:45:54 AM

  4. WTF? we are taking bitchy pot shots at reporting the news.

    This is the same blog that works 24/7 to repeal DADT, raise funds for AIDS, worked to repeal prop 8, supports almost any effort that involves helping gay youth and on and on. Jesus christ you gay bitches, take a midol

    Posted by: david in iowa | Apr 26, 2010 9:51:38 AM

  5. Walter, please, go back and get under your bridge.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 26, 2010 9:54:03 AM

  6. @ Walter: A little respect, please.

    Posted by: Freddie | Apr 26, 2010 10:05:48 AM

  7. Sour Walter's comment is way off base. First, if he really believes his criticism of this blog, why is he reading it? Second, I like the mix of different kinds of news. That's what keeps Towleroad interesting.

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 26, 2010 10:25:28 AM

  8. anytime a young vital man or woman dies, it is a shame. grief is expected. especially, if he or she is beautiful. that is the human response to tragedy. why should we be coy about that? due to the bush/cheney "war" on iraq, we have lost a lot of young men and women. at least they died for a perceived just cause. for young Ambrose to die at his prime makes me sad.

    "how do you like your blue-eyed boy mr death?"

    Posted by: nic | Apr 26, 2010 10:32:03 AM

  9. why is his death news?

    Posted by: unterberg | Apr 26, 2010 10:41:33 AM

  10. i eat old people's excrement.

    Posted by: walter | Apr 26, 2010 10:54:09 AM

  11. A model has died.

    Posted by: Pinky | Apr 26, 2010 11:01:40 AM

  12. Sad when any young person dies. Without a cause yet know, it's hard not to speculate that drugs were involved.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 26, 2010 11:08:49 AM

  13. While it is crude to make the point on the eve of a young man death, Walter makes a good case regarding the superficial focus on looks of the young, white, thin gay male sort. This and many other gay blogs over-focus on this without showing Asian beauty, older beauty, or African beauty, for example. Gay men, of course, come in all beautiful sizes, colors, ages, and shapes. It helps to focus on a wide spectrum of our beauties.

    With that said, I'm sorry that anyone of any age has died (unless they genuinely wanted to take their life and unless they are a child molester or heinous criminal).

    Posted by: veg | Apr 26, 2010 11:09:20 AM

  14. tolls for thee.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 26, 2010 11:13:40 AM

  15. I read and like the blog -- it is just pathetic that the need to report on this man's death is based on his looks.

    It is a shallow pathetic statement on the value system of the blogger and many gay men.

    Andy does great work --- but his obsession with models is sad. I suspect Mr. Towle puts a great deal of worth on looks based on his endless fascination with them.

    Of course it is fine he plays to his readers for his and if he said this young man was a friend - I could understand.

    But -- reporting someone died just because they are young and pretty.

    That is pretty vacant.

    Posted by: Walter | Apr 26, 2010 11:46:36 AM

  16. I will never understand why people who continually visit a blog will post a disrespectful dig at the host. What is this "given your background and circle" line? If the person is "not surprised" by Andy's history, and the items he chooses to post on his blog... then kindly leave. No one is begging anyone to stay. We who value the site, and Andy, and his "backrground and circle" would want no change in our host. And if it ever came to the point where I changed MY feelings about this site, or Andy, I would quietly leave.

    Posted by: Reggie | Apr 26, 2010 11:48:02 AM

  17. I think Walter's point is valid. This man's death is a tragedy but is it more newsworthy than anyone else's death?

    Was he well known? Did he make an exceptional contribution? Was he a friend of the writer or business associate?

    If his death is being reported just because he's handsome then there's a reason to raise an eyebrow. That begs the question of how life is valued and recognized.

    Blogs can be personal, professional, and mixture of the two. Asking a question about why something was posted isn't invalid.

    Posted by: Jensen53 | Apr 26, 2010 12:02:06 PM

  18. REGGIE:

    It helps to have a diversity of views on someone's site. Andy's blog is very good but it is not PERFECT. He can take criticism or he wouldn't have an open comment policy.

    His blog does wonderful things. It is also sometimes (just a bit) a victim of a Chelsea-mentality--superficial focus on looks and not a lot of attention to POSITIVE news about Asian or black gays of color (but lots of negative news about LGBT-of-color who die of hate crimes or who are homophobic).

    So, like all good news papers, this blog deserves an occasional "letter to the editor" with a contrary view of criticism.

    Posted by: veg | Apr 26, 2010 12:03:07 PM

  19. Perhaps he starved to death.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2010 12:04:34 PM

  20. Someone appears to be jealous that Andy Towle is a handsome man.

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 26, 2010 12:06:03 PM

  21. I thought that apparently the news was that yet another model died of overdose -or something like that, don't know- not that peopple would star bitching about everything, anything. I mean, the model it's an excuse for exposing how unhappiness make you bitchy.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Apr 26, 2010 12:17:36 PM

  22. Andy, why don't you just post the entire freakin' obits so that you won't offend those with delicate sensibilities

    Posted by: David T | Apr 26, 2010 12:25:44 PM

  23. i won't say how he died, because maybe the family doesn't want to spread the news yet, but anyhow, this is really unfortunate. he was so young and with a bright future; this saddens and devastates his friends.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Apr 26, 2010 12:51:22 PM

  24. A blog does not have to be all things to all people. Don't like it...don't read it. Don't like pictures of pretty boys...scroll past them.

    Are we supposed to take the inference that Andy is shallow, pathetic, and vacant because he posted about a models death to be a valid criticism of this blog?

    You've got to be kidding me.

    Posted by: Taylor | Apr 26, 2010 1:06:00 PM

  25. "Jesus God in Heaven, why'd you have to kill such hot snatch? ... It's a joke, man. Jeeze, people are so serious."
    -- Ram Sweeney, "Heathers"

    Posted by: Aaron | Apr 26, 2010 1:11:28 PM

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