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Model Helena Belmonte, 28, falls to her death from Ortigas condominium

Helena Belmonte, a 28-year-old model, died after falling off Ortigas's Renaissance Tower 1000's 28th floor early Thursday, March 20.

The daughter of One Mega Group Inc.'s founding creative director Joan Lorraine Belmonte, Filipino-American Helena was discovered  by her boyfriend and friends lying lifeless on an air-conditioning exhaust vent on the seventh floor at 1:30 a.m.

Police have found what is believed to be a suicide note, though they have yet to rule out foul play or an accident. Her boyfriend admitted to having quarreled with her some days back, but also added that it had been resolved. He has yet to make an official statement.

GMA News Online tried to contact the investigator assigned to the case, SPO3 Laurence Punzalan, but he has yet to comment as of this post.

Helena and company were drinking inside the unit. Being drunk, her party helped her get to bed; but when they went to check on her, they found her bed empty and her body on the seventh floor.

A graduate of independent Jewish-American institution Touro College in Berlin, Helena has been featured in several magazine covers since the beginning of her career in the 1990s.

According to Meg Magazine in an Instagram post: “MEG was created in 1998 because Helena Belmonte (1986-2014) needed a magazine too. She will forever be our MEG girl.”

Helena appeared to swing from happy to very, very sad, judging from her tweets in the past month, although it would be unfair to conclude anything from her tweets alone.

And her final tweet before her untimely demise:


Meanwhile, friends, fans, and general well-wishers have been tweeting both condolences and speculations.
— Vida Cruz/JDS, GMA News