Professional makeup artist to the stars, Jake Bailey, passed away at the age of 37 and it is believed that he committed suicide. TMZ, Oct. 23, 2015, reported that Jake’s assistant found him Friday morning sitting in his car at his home and then summoned the police. Jake apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning and it has been ruled as a suicide. Jake Bailey made a name for himself by working his magic on some of the top stars in Hollywood and making them look sensational for cover shoots, album covers and cosmetic advertisements. Jake was the makeup artist for many of Hollywoods greatest, including Jessica Chastain, Cameron Diaz, Nina Dobrev, Selena Gomez, Angelina Jolie, Kate Mara, and Joe Saldana. He made everyone look great they graced the covers of top magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, GQ, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, as well as many makeup advertisements including Cover Girl, OPI, and Revlon.
Although Jake Bailey’s death is ruled as a suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner will do an autopsy to see they can detect if foul play was involved. Jake never let on that anything was wrong, as his social media posts were all upbeat and the pictures of him showed him smiling and looking happy. EOnline reports that the L.A. County Corner told them that Jake left a note, but they didn’t elaborate on who the note was to, why he did what he did or anything that the note actually said. More news may become public as the police investigate and if the coroner finds anything that points to foul play.
Us Weekly reports that on October 12, Jake shared a picture of himself and Selena Gomez having fun during a photo shoot. This is just one of the many pictures of Selena that Jake shared on his Instagram page, so apparently he enjoyed her company and liked being with her. On October 17, he tweeted on his Twitter page, “#cakebytheocean is an amazing song with an amazingly tragic video. Im trying to erase the video from my brain so I can still enjoy the song.” His last post on Instagram was on October 22 and it showed him standing outside, leaning against a wall looking happy and content. From all news reports, no one has mentioned what could have pushed this talented makeup artist to want to end his life so tragically. For a man who seemed so happy to the world, and his family and friends, everyone is left wondering what happened, what did they miss, how could this tragedy have been prevented. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jake Bailey, the lives he touched, the family and friends he leaves behind. You will be missed.