Stephanie Adams, a former Playboy Playmate, jumped with her 7-year-old son to their deaths from a hotel in Midtown earlier today.
According to the New York Post, Adams decided to take their lives in the midst of a custody battle with her ex, Charles Nicolai, a chiropractor.
The 47-year-old leaped with her son Vincent from the top floor of the Gotham Hotel at 8:15 a.m. this morning.
Adams checked into the hotel Thursday at 6 p.m. The two were staying on the 25th-floor penthouse before their bodies were found on the second-floor landing near the building’s courtyard.
Investigators were called to the scene after someone heard two loud noises. The witness looked toward the sound and saw the two corpses.
At this time, it’s not clear whether or not Adams left a suicide note.
Adams was in the middle of a custody battle with her estranged husband, also 47. Nicolai was the owner of the Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness.
Nicolai recently demanded that Adams surrender her son’s passport. The Post reported that Adams was planning to take her son to Europe this summer.
The former couple were in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday morning when Adams asked the judge for permission to take her son to Spain. Her boyfriend reportedly owns a home there as well as in London.
Ultimately, the judge sided with Nicolai, forbidding her from traveling with the boy.
Adams told a reporter from The Post, “All I want to do is take my son and get away from this nightmare for a few days. But they won’t let me.”
According to The Post, the relationship between Adams and Nicolai was so fraught, the two had to meet at the Precinct in order to ensure smooth handovers. A friend told The Post, the two met at the precinct so there would be violence during their meetings.
Adams was the first Playmate to identify as a lesbian. Later, she married an investment banker before becoming engaged to Nicolai in 2009.
When she was profiled in 2013, Adams, a model and author, had written 25 New Age self-help books. Adams also ran an online boutique for organic beauty products.
Adams filed for divorce from Nicolai in 2017 and was seeking child support. At the time of her death, Adams reportedly owed money to her lawyers.