Jake Bailey, makeup artist to Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, dead in apparent suicide

Perry leads tributes to late colleague, who passed away aged 37

Jake Bailey, a makeup artist for musical artists including Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, has died at 37 in an apparent suicide.

Bailey was found dead in his Los Angeles home after being found by his assistant on Friday morning (October 23). TMZ reports that he “succumbed to carbon monoxide.”

A spokesperson for Bailey issued the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Jake Bailey’s passing. He was an undeniable talent, a great friend, a loving son and brother, and our grief is shared with all those whose lives he’s touched.

“As one of the industry’s most sought-after makeup artists, Jake worked with an incredible client roster and his work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, and Allure. He collaborated with some of the top photographers in the fashion and entertainment industries and was also a passionate photographer himself. Jake was a mentor to many, and his work will continue to inspire. He will be truly missed by those who knew him.”

Perry led the tributes, writing a lengthy piece about Bailey on Instagram. “You essentially created my “look” ever since we met on the music video for ‘Hot and Cold’, she said. “We always confided in each other, rallied each other at our lows and pushed each other to be our best. We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together.”

See the full tribute below:

Jake- My sweet, sensitive soul. What a wonderful journey and friendship we had together. What beautiful art we created together. We conquered the worlds biggest stages, together. I know you felt life so intensely and it created this incredible artistic passion in you that came out in everything you touched, from the amazing images you took to the ways you painted your muses, highlighting the beauty in everyone. You had the most otherworldly eye to detail… we would laugh about how you could take a nap in that eyelid crease you created (cause it was so deep) or Jake's 45 minute eyes… Which was such a precise lash that even Bambi couldn't rival. You essentially created my "look" ever since we met on the music video for Hot and Cold. We always confided in each other, rallied each other at our lows and pushed each other to be our best. We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together. My favorite moments of recent times is when we would meditate together during breaks on different jobs…tune all the noise out, forget about hollywood and the chaos that surrounds it, and look for a slice of peace, 20 minutes at a time. I know sometimes it was hard to find consistent happiness here on this earth, I understand you in that way. I want you to know now finally and forevermore that I appreciate you and all the lessons we traded each other in this life. I love you. No more work, no more searching, you are finally at peace. Every time I sit in that chair we shared, just know, no one holds a brush to you, friend. Be free now. My prayers are with the Bailey family.

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As well as working with Perry and Gomez, Bailey also worked with Shameless star Emmy Rossum who posted the following tribute on Twitter.

Paris Hilton, meanwhile, said that Bailey “was such an amazing person, an incredibly talented makeup artIst & friend. He was my makeup artist for the past 15 years.” She added: “My thoughts & prayers go out to all his family & loved ones. Heaven has a new angel.”

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