Russell Gilbert’s fiancee Rochelle Nolan found dead in a Crown Casino hotel room

  • Russell Gilbert’s partner Rochelle Nolan was found dead in a hotel room
  • Comedian mourned loss of his ‘angel’ who died on Thursday – R U OK Day
  • TV star has now spoken out about spotting the signs of mental illness
  • Police confirmed they are not treating Ms Nolan’s death as suspicious

By Rachel Eddie and Jenny Awford For Daily Mail Australia12

Published: 16:25 GMT, 11 September 2015 | Updated: 00:40 GMT, 13 September 2015

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Australian entertainer Russell Gilbert has mourned the loss of his ‘angel’ and spoken out about spotting the signs of mental illness after his partner of 19 years was found dead in a hotel room. Rochelle Nolan, Mr Gilbert’s fianc e and defecto wife, was found dead at the Crown Casino hotel in Southbank, a central Melbourne suburb, on Thursday afternoon – national R U OK Day. She had booked in for a short stay and police confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Mr Gilbert, 55, posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram, saying he would remember his long-term partner, who was aged in her forties, ‘before she got broken’.

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Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Australian entertainer Russell Gilbert has mourned the loss of his ‘angel’ after his partner of 19 years, Rochelle Nolan (pictured together), was found dead in a hotel room

He said: ‘To all our friends, my partner of 19 years passed away. She was an angel, mental illness is part of life, I was just trying to look after her.

‘Saw what was going on and she had put a plan in place, look out for someone close, when you see the signs (pray emoji).

‘Thanks to you all I will miss her. RIP Rochelle. Please don’t worry for me. I will remember Rochelle before she got broken.’

The comedian and radio host also opened up about losing his sister when he was just 12-years-old.

He said: ‘Thank you to all our friends, I learned how to grieve as a boy when I lost my sister Debbie at 12, she was 13.

‘We were best friends and it took me a long time to get over that, my mother and father helped me to learn how to grieve correctly.’

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Mr Gilbert, 55, posted a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram, saying he would remember his long-term partner ‘before she got broken’

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Ms Nolan (left) had booked in for a short stay and police confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Mr Gilbert shared the Lifeline crisis support number and called on Australians to ring the number if they see the danger signs

Ms Nolan was tragically discovered on a day that the nation raised awareness of suicide, to reach out to those contemplating suicide or experiencing depression. Mr Gilbert shared the Lifeline crisis support number and called on Australians to ring the number if they see the danger signs. In the post, he said: ‘#Suicde #beyondblue #lifeline.

Australia this is the number you see signs, Ring it 13_11-14 RING IT 13-11-14 #mentalillness #care #humans #love @relationships , #love #sad #grieve #death #passing #restinpeace #pray #god #help.’

Mr Gilbert, from Melbourne in Victoria, found national fame in the late Eighties as a performer on The Comedy Company. He is known for his regular appearances in Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Thank God You’re Here. The TV star was also such a hit as a contestant on singing celebrity contest It Takes Two in 2007 that his exit from the show was described as the ‘biggest eviction shock in TV history’.

He has previously spoken out about his gambling problem, saying he once sold a house and spent the money before buying a new one.

If you, or someone you know, needs support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au, beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or visit beyondblue.org.au, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelp.com.au

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Mr Gilbert (far left), comedian, radio host, television star and actor, is known for his regular appearances in Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Thank God You’re Here

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

She was found dead on Thursday afternoon in a Crown Casino hotel room in Southbank, a central Melbourne suburb

Russell Gilbert's Fiancee Rochelle Nolan Found Dead In A Crown Casino Hotel Room

Mr Gilbert (right), from Melbourne in Victoria, found national fame in the late Eighties as a performer on The Comedy Company

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  1. ^ Rachel Eddie (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Jenny Awford For Daily Mail Australia (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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