Last week, former Playboy model Stephanie Adams jumped to her death from a NYC hotel with her young son in her arms. Now, after a brief investigation, a spokesperson for the city’s Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death for both Stephanie and her seven-year-old son.
The victims were identified as Stephanie and Vincent Nicolai [Stephanie's maiden name was Adams] and their deaths were ruled a murder-suicide, according to People. Both Stephanie and Vincet died from blunt impact injuries. Vincent suffered injuries to his head, neck, torso and limbs and his death was ruled a homicide, while Stephanie's death was ruled a suicide. Though the motive is unclear, the 47-year-old model was reportedly in the midst of a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband when she leapt from the Gotham Hotel, where she was staying on the 25th floor.
"Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises," NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey said, according to The New York Post. "His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals." Stephanie's body was recovered from the second-story landing along with her little boy.
Stephanie and Vincent in 2012. (Photo Credit: Splash)
It is not known at this time if Stephanie left behind a suicide note. Playboy’s Miss November 1992 was fighting her ex, chiropractor Charles Nicolai, for custody of their son. Charles' lawyer recently requested that Stephanie turn over her son's passport — however, it is not known if that is what caused her to jump. Before the incident, the estranged couple would meet at a NYCD precinct to handover their son for visitation.
"It ensures no violence takes place," a source said at the time. Previously, Stephanie sued the NYPD after she was thrown to the ground by a cop who falsely claimed she pulled a gun on him. She was awarded $1.2 million for the police brutality incident. At the time, it was reported that Nicholas was after Stephanie's wealth, which was holding up their divorce.
The only person who should ever be ashamed in a domestic abuse incident is the abuser. Stand tall and stay strong. Find the right support and always maintain your safety. Get the help you and your child need now to no longer be a victim. https://t.co/nhhNDLnv3T #NoExcuseForAbuse— Stephanie Adams (@stephanieadams) March 21, 2018
Stephanie, who was also an author and media personality, last tweeted cryptically about domestic violence on the social media platform. "The only person who should ever be ashamed in a domestic abuse incident is the abuser," she wrote on March 20. "Stand tall and stay strong. Find the right support and always maintain your safety. Get the help you and your child need now to no longer be a victim."
Our thoughts are with Stephanie, Vincent and her family during this difficult time. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.