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Inside the troubled world of stylist Jo Ferguson before tragic death

by Ted Pimentel (2020-04-15)

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The death of 46-year-old celebrity stylist Jo Ferguson on Wednesday of suspected liver and kidney failure has shocked many in Australia's media and entertainment industries.

The socialite had quit the Sydney party scene and moved to Adelaide in recent years, but many still remembered her from her days mingling with actors and models at high-profile social events.

From her romance with longtime Seven presenter and tour sapa từ hà nội celebrity carpenter Tom Williams to abruptly quitting her job as the fashion director of Woman's Day in 2011, Jo's life had its share of ups and downs.

But it was a devastating accident in 2016 that friends say led to her sad decline. 






Tragic: The death of 46-year-old celebrity stylist Jo Ferguson on Wednesday of suspected liver and kidney failure has left the media industry in 'shock'. Pictured on December 6, 2007


Jo dated Tom Williams for several years before splitting in 2003. It's unclear what caused their break-up. 

Tom declined to talk about any of his ex-girlfriends in a lengthy profile by journalist Steve Dow in 2005. However, Jo was approached for comment for the feature.






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Jo said at the time: 'We broke up two years ago, and I've got a new boyfriend now. It was a time in our lives, and tour sapa từ hà nội it's not that time now.'

She was reluctant to discuss Tom out of fear she would be misquoted by reporters.

'[Journalists] always print something I didn't say, like I am in love with him, which is not true, and not fair,' she said.






High-profile romance: Jo dated television presenter Tom Williams (pictured) for several years until 2003. It's unclear what caused their break-up







Brief: 'It was a time in our lives, and it's not that time now,' Jo said of her relationship with Tom in 2005. Pictured in April 2008 from left to right: Jo, David Gyngell, Tom and Kylie Spear


She then began a relationship with high-flying Sydney banker Angus McGeoch, which lasted for several years. The pair even bought a house together on Sydney's exclusive north shore. 

But their split in 2007 left her in a bad way.

Jo took the break up hard, losing weight and 'crying so much her eyelashes fell out', she was quoted as telling The Daily Telegraph at the time.

But it was about this time that Jo started to mingle with Sydney's fashion elite, even being a bridesmaid at model Kristy Hinze's wedding to American tech billionaire Jim Clark in 2009.

In 2011, she abruptly quit her job as fashion editor at Woman's Day magazine in a bizarre fashion - allegedly resigning by email at 4:30pm on a Friday, giving her employers zero notice, and leaving with immediate effect.






Abrupt exit: In 2011, Jo quit her job as fashion editor at Woman's Day magazine via email at 4:30pm on a Friday afternoon, leaving with immediate effect. Pictured on December 28, 2008

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