Tragic ex-Page 3 model mum could not live with grief of losing teenage son

A former Page 3 model who killed herself could not get over the tragic death of her son, her daughter says.

Glamorous Sam Ramplin took her own life in January this year aged 47, 18 months after her 17-year-old son was killed while riding a motorbike.

Sam's daughter Summer has admitted she knew her heartbroken mum "wouldn’t be around for long" as she spoke of her grief and son Denny "all the time".

Well before everything changed for the Ramplin family, Sam worked as a TV presenter in Hollywood where she struck up a relationship with Batman star Michael Keaton.

Summer who has lost her little brother and mother over the past couple of years told Fabulous Magazine: "I knew Mum was suffering and I tried my best to help her. But I don’t think she saw much of a future for herself.

"Maybe on some level, I knew she wouldn’t be around for long but I didn’t think she’d take her own life. Losing Denny was a huge shock. To lose Mum too, so soon after, was ­indescribable."

Single mum Sam left Canvey Island, Essex with her two kids for work in Los Angeles when Summer was eleven.

Summer who works as a freelance marketing executive appreciates how her mother pursued her ambitions without leaving her and Denny behind.

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Summer continued: "Everybody saw the dazzling side of Sam Ramplin, the model and TV presenter who dated footballers and Hollywood actors.

"Yes, she was a beautiful woman who led a colourful life. But there was another side to her. To my younger brother and me, she was Mum.

"She always made sure we had everything we needed. She was a very glamorous woman, outgoing and funny, but she put us kids first and I’m proud of how she always ­provided for us.

"Mum followed her dreams but we kids were always part of them. She called us the three musketeers. When she headed out to Hollywood to work as a TV presenter, Denny and I went with her. She employed a nanny to look after us when she was working."

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The family returned to the Essex a couple of years later in 2007.

In May 2019, motorbike enthusiast Denny was killed when he hit a reversing car in Canvey Island.

Summer added: "Our lives changed forever after his accident. Mum went through a difficult time – Denny’s death was so unexpected. It was a huge shock and she struggled to adjust and reconcile herself to losing him.

"I wanted to move to Spain and Mum decided she was coming with me. She wanted to be wherever I was.

"There were just too many painful memories in the UK where everybody knew us and our business.

"In one respect, Spain was good for Mum. The sun’s always shining and we went for long walks on the beach every day. That put her in a better mindset.

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"But she didn’t have the face-to-face support of her parents and sister, Michelle. And if I’m honest, I saw she was having more bad days than good. She talked about Denny all the time."

An inquest at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court last month recorded a verdict of suicide. An autopsy found no evidence of alcohol or drugs in her ­system.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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