The distraught agent of model and influencer Jeff Thomas, 35, has revealed the last conversation they had just a day before he was found dead at the bottom of his Miami apartment complex.
His agent, from the Los Angeles-based Sovereign Talent Group, told DailyMail.com exclusively that she was shocked to hear about her client’s sudden and tragic passing.
The pair had been texting about the next phase of his life just 24 hours before he died on March 8 to the shock of his 120,000 followers.
‘He was in good spirits and was excited to tell me about his move to Miami and the next chapter in his life. He had started a new business though I didn’t know what it was yet,’ said the agent, who asked not to be named.
She said he sounded like his regular, positive happy self during their exchange.
‘We were talking about a funny audition that I had for him that involved some type of petty fight. We laughed about it and he told me how he is a comedian at heart. I am just stunned. I don’t even know how to react,’ she said.
Jeff Thomas was a successful model and social media influencer. His muscular physique and handsome looks garnered him more than 120,000 followers
His LA-based agent said that last time she spoke with Thomas was on Tuesday. She said ‘he was in good spirits and was excited to tell me about his move to Miami and the next chapter in his life’
The luxury condos in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood is situated on the bay with stunning views of the Miami River and is in close proximity to the trendy downtown area
A police report shared with DailyMail.com shows that Miami police were called to a suicide at a luxury apartment building at Brickell Avenue at 4:12pm on March 8.
Thomas’ body was found on the sidewalk below and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. Many witnesses were reported outside the building, and animal control was present to retrieve a dog that was left in the apartment.
The luxury high-rise building on Miami’s Brickell Avenue where Thomas lived boasts 57-floors and is situated on the bay with stunning views of the Miami River and in close proximity to the trendy downtown area.
An official cause of death has not yet been determined until an autopsy is complete.
Thomas’ cousin, Meghan Rae, told DailyMail.com that his family member did not die by suicide.
‘This was not a suicide. To report otherwise is a complete disregard to his character and who he was,’ she said.
‘The information being published is false and defamatory. No further comments will be made by our family. Please respect our privacy and his memory during this difficult time.’
Thomas’ agent said she and Thomas had planned to speak on Friday but on Tuesday – after their text exchange – he called again but did not leave a message.
The pair worked together for four years and she said they communicated often and had mutual friends. She described Thomas as ‘sweet, outgoing, lovely and happy … not your typical hot looking guy’
Thomas and his cousin Meghan Rae who said his death was not from suicide
‘I figured he accidentally dialed me because if he needed to speak with me he would have texted,’ she said.
The pair worked together for four years and she said they communicated often and had mutual friends.
She remembers he had a boyfriend at one time but believed he was currently single.
The agent described Thomas as ‘sweet, outgoing, lovely and happy … not your typical hot looking guy.’
‘He laughed at how attractive he was and would get off on how sexy he was and enjoyed playing those parts you know,’ she said.
‘He was the most beautiful boy I have ever seen in my life.’
The agent recalled how he even caught the eye of celebrity singer Britney Spears.
‘He went to her residency when she was performing at Las Vegas for his 30th birthday and she even pulled him on stage because he is so cute and she danced with him and for him,’ she said.
She also spoke of how close he was with his family and how devoted he was to his Frenchie and said he was excited to become a pet parent.
Trying to make sense of his tragic passing she told DailyMail.com, ‘I can’t believe it… he loved life.’
Thomas, a popular figure on Instagram with over 120,000 followers, was even seen mingling with celebrities such as Megan Fox.
A longtime friend of Thomas said ‘he was moving forward, crushing his goals, talented, driven, ambitious and so successful.’ She added, ‘I was so incredibly proud of him’
Thomas was also passionate about art and he was the founder of One Popsicle, an art consulting agency
The Miami-based model was signed to the London-based agency AMCK models and had previously featured in a series of commercials and catwalk shows.
His muscular physique singled him out as the perfect candidate for underwear modelling, while his Instagram account featured numerous images and videos of the fitness enthusiast showing off his body on the beach.
In his last social media video, posted just weeks before his death on February 28, Thomas is seen working out in a local gym, the Miami coastline partially visible through a nearby window.
Captioning the footage, he wrote: ‘Set the tone with your warm up.’
His final post, shared from a local spa, captured Thomas reclining in a plunge pool with the caption: ‘A cold plunge a day, keeps the doctor away.’
Adding a series of hashtags, the model referenced ‘self-care’ and ‘mental health.’
Thomas also had a passion for art and was founder of One Popsicle, a contemporary art consulting agency. He was also an aspiring firefighter.
A longtime friend of Thomas, who did not want to disclose her name out of respect for the family, said she was still processing the news of his tragic death and told DailyMail.com that it has been ‘very hard to comprehend.’
‘He was moving forward, crushing his goals, talented, driven, smart, ambitious and so successful.’
She added, ‘I was so incredibly proud of him.’
She said that he loved to travel and was into health and fitness, and said that his dog was his world. She also remembered him as a person who loved to hug, sing , dance and just be goofy too.
‘He was a very special person. A friend to everybody. He lit up every room,’ she said. ‘It’s been very tough.’