The modeling world has lost a star.
No cause of death has been shared. However, her death is being investigated as a homicide, Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Tony Im told NBC News.
Officers found Mooney’s body around 4 p.m. when responding to a welfare check call. Bailey Babb, her cousin, told local outlet KTLA that family members reported concern when Mooney suddenly dropped all communication.
“When a week went by, we just knew something was off,” Babb recalled. “Her messages weren’t delivering and we knew something was up because we all have a special relationship with Maleesa.”
Mooney’s sister Jourdin Pauline, a Guyanese pop star, grieved her death on Instagram Sept. 14, writing, “never in a million years did I think I’d have to make this post and get justice for my one & only sister.”