Popular fitness influencer Raechelle Chase, 44, dies 'suddenly'

October 21, 2023

The "sudden death" stories continue to happen and seem to be happening to young, healthy people at an alarming pace.

According to the New York Post, the latest sudden death was that of popular New Zealand-based fitness influencer Raechelle Chase, 44, a mother of five.

Her oldest daughter, Anna Chase, confirmed the fitness influencer's death. Chase wrote a heartfelt statement regarding her mother's unfortunate passing.

"She was supportive, kind-hearted and always had the best advice for us," she wrote. "She was a wildly driven woman with ambition and has inspired millions of people around the world. I miss her immensely and that love won’t ever fade."

Chase had managed to build a massive online following, boasting nearly 1.5 million followers at the time of her death.

New Zealand police have not released a cause of death, as her passing remains under investigation.

"Given the recent nature of the death, no further information is available at this stage,” the spokesperson of Ministry of Justice said, according to NDTV.

The Post noted:

In her final post before her death, the professional fitness model posted a pic from a photo shoot for the cover of Oxygen Magazine — one of over 14 covers she appeared on during her career, PerthNow reported.

The fitness influencer reportedly "inspired millions" to pursue their fitness goals through her content, which often went viral.

Given her popularity and positive influence in both her industry and among her circle, several friends wrote tributes to her across social media.

"Not going to lie, very few things in my life hit me as hard as your passing," wrote her friend Keith O’Connell. "You had so much left to live. So much love to give."

NDTV noted:

She got into body-building from a young age and won several competitions in New Zealand. In 2011, Raechelle Chase became the first woman from New Zealand to participate in the prestigious Olympia body-building event in Las Vegas.