Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel’s interior designer has been found dead in her apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, DailyMail.com has learned.
The body of Brooke Gomez, 49, was found in an ‘advanced state of decomposition’ on Sunday night, sources said. Sources said she hadn’t been seen for over a week.
A friend asked the building’s superintendent to check her $1.3million apartment on Madison Avenue at 94th Street in Carnegie Hill, sources told Dailymail.com.
After making the gruesome discovery, someone in the building called 911 shortly after 10pm, prompting police and an ambulance to respond.
An NYPD spokesman said no criminality is suspected at this time. The medical examiner, reached by DailyMail.com, did not share an immediate cause of death.
The body of interior designer Brooke Gomez, 49, was discovered in her Upper East Side apartment Sunday night
During their appearance on the show, the mother-daughter duo renovated Bethenny Frankel’s $5 million NYC penthouse
The designer’s body was found in an ‘advanced state of decomposition’ after she disappeared for over a week
In 2013, Gomez participated in Bravo’s second season of ‘Bethenny Ever After,’ when she and her mother renovated Frankel’s $5million penthouse in Tribeca, turning the 3,400-square foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom loft into her dream pad.
Gomez has also done projects for Michael J. Fox and Sigourney Weaver, according to her company website.
She showcased some of her projects on social media, while also sharing some of her favorite quotations.
Her final Instagram post, on Oct. 23, was a mural on the side of a building that read: ‘There’s a future version of you that is so proud you didn’t give up.’
Two days earlier, Gomez posted remarks from British author Roald Dahl stating: ‘I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being.
‘I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else… Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.’
Gomez initially planned to become a lawyer, but eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of her mother, renowned decorator Mariette Himes Gomez, according to a 2019 interview with Business of Home, an interior design publication.
‘I really just loved it,’ she said. ‘I loved the right brain/left brain contrast of creating a contract and then getting to do something creative.’
Gomez appeared with her mother, renowned decorator Mariette Himes Gomez (right), on Bravo’s second season of ‘Bethenny Ever After’ in 2013
Gomez designed residences across the United States, including townhouses and apartments in New York and beach houses in the Hamptons
Her final Instagram post showed a mural on the side of a building that read: ‘There’s a future version of you that is so proud you didn’t give up’
The 49-year-old worked with her mother for nearly two decades before founding Brooke Gomez Design in 2019
According to her company website, Gomez worked on projects for other celebrities including Michael J. Fox and Sigourney Weaver
According to her company biography, Gomez was born in the city to an architect father and interior design mother.
She grew up in a series of construction sites with ‘unparalleled design.’ Her father even built her a dollhouse modeled after the brownstone she was raised in.
Gomez earned a political science degree from Brown University, but later joined her mother’s business, collaborating with her on various projects and also producing her mother’s first book.
Her designed apartments and townhouses in New York, as residences in Connecticut, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Maryland, and beach houses in the Hamptons, Palm Beach and Turks and Caicos.
She worked with her mother for nearly two decades before branching out on her own with Brooke Gomez Design in 2019.
‘My mom has worked her butt off her entire life,’ Gomez told Business of Home at the time.
‘She started this business a year after I was born and has grown it tremendously, but the business has changed so much.
‘I think it was time for both of us to have the next phase of our lives, and for her—as someone who invested all her time, energy and talent into this for 40-plus years—it was time for her to explore other interests.’
Gomez added: ‘For me, right now it’s about building my own team, finding new people that I want to work with and making this firm my own.
‘And it’s nice to know that my sweet, talented mother is always just a phone call away.’