A popular television producer who took her own life last month was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis prior to her death, it has been revealed.
Rochelle Nolan, the partner of comedian Russell Gilbert, checked herself into a room at Crown Casino last month and committed suicide.
It has been revealed that Ms Nolan had been diagnosed with the central nervous system disease some time before her tragic death, reports Daily Telegraph.
Mr Gilbert had hinted that his partner was suffering from mental health concerns in a chilling Facebook post just days after her death.
‘I was just trying to look after her. Saw what was going on and had to put a plan in place. Look out for someone close when you see the signs,’ he wrote.
Concerns were held for Mr Gilbert following Ms Nolan’s death, as he went missing from a Melbourne hospital where he underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm.
The lovable stand-up comedian was briefly reported missing just 24 hours later was readmitted to the Alfred Hospital for surgery, reported the Herald Sun.
Concerned friends and family gripped together in mourning and support when Gilbert disappeared following the tragic death of his ‘soulmate’, Rochelle Nolan, but his management recently issued a statement in an attempt to clear the air.
‘Russell Gilbert underwent surgery today for a brain aneurysm,’ Profile Talent Management said.
‘A long and slow recovery is expected. The family has asked that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.’
The Alfred Hospital confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Gilbert was admitted to the hospital and remained a patient as of Friday night, but were unable to provide further details.
Ms Nolan, Gilbert’s fiancée and de facto wife of 19 years, was found dead at the Crown Casino hotel in Southbank, a central Melbourne suburb, last week – on national R U OK Day.
Family and friends took to Twitter to rally behind Gilbert to show their support.
Michael Thompson tweeted: ‘Great news that Russell Gilbert has been found safe and well. Get well soon Russ, you have all the support in the world.’
The Magnet posted: ‘Russell Gilbert found. Wonderful news. Remember to stay close to loved ones when they need it most.’
Daniel Eade wrote: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with Russell Gilbert. Great to hear he’s been found. He’s understandingly having a very tough time. Stay strong Sir.’
h_the_catsfanatic tweeted: ‘So happy Russell Gilbert has been found. He needs all the love and compassion we can give! Hang in there buddy, you’re very loved.’
And Kyla said: ‘Russell Gilbert is such a kind and generous man, went out of his way to cheer up my family in tough times. My thoughts are with him.’
Earlier in the week, hundreds of Australia’s most recognisable faces poured into Tuesday’s Melbourne service to pay their tributes.
‘As you could all imagine, today is the hardest day of my life! It is with great sadness that I do not have the strength to be here with you all today, I’m just not ready to say goodbye,’ Gilbert’s words in the order of service read.
‘We were together for 19 years and I will miss you my darling.
‘I had so much love to give you and I wanted only to be with you.
‘Sometimes things must come to an end, and sadly this is ours my soulmate and friend.
‘These are the words I have spoken, oh how I wish that you were not broken.
‘You’re in my heart and soul forever. I’ll miss you my darling.’