Well-known vedette, burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese took to Instagram on January 13 to announce a loss; she declared that actor and model Julie Strain had passed away on January 10, 2021, aged 58.
To deliver the devastating news, Von Teese posted a black & white of herself with the late ‘Heavy Metal 2000‘ star, taken by Danielle Emerick. Alongside the photo, she also stated that she had died of dementia following three years of battle. Back in 2018, Strain’s boyfriend declared that t she was in the late stages of the disorder, and she began receiving hospice care at home.
Dita Von Teese said goodbye to the late star, who was the main character in the video game titled ‘Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K‘ with the following words:
“I spent a lot of time with Julie in the mid-90s when we would do photoshoots for our membership websites. She was kind of a mentor to me, always generously making connections for me in my early years as a glamour model. She was also a photographer.”
In her message, Von Teese praised Strain, who best known for her autobiography ‘Six Foot One and Worth the Climb,’ published by Heavy Metal in 1997, by saying that she was a legend. The “Queen of Burlesque” also added a note for those saying the news is not true:
“This information comes directly from those nearest and dearest to her; it’s a bit confusing because if you Google her you will come up with some old news stories from this time last year in 2020 when it was falsely reported that she had passed.”
As Von Teese said in her post, the death of the statuesque actor has been confirmed by her boyfriend, shortly after her passing.
Here is the mentioned Instagram post.