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'Project Runway' Contestant Wendy Pepper Dead at 53

'Project Runway' Contestant Wendy Pepper Dead at 53

Wendy Pepper, who shot to fame on Season 1 of “Project Runway,” has died. She was 53.

The designer, real name Anne Eustis Pepper, passed away Nov. 12 surrounded by her loving family, according to her obituary. Her cause of death was not released.

Wendy is survived by her daughter Finley, her parents, and four siblings.

Pepper finished third on “Project Runway” and returned for the second season of “Project Runway All Stars.”

The “Project Runway” family recently lost another contestant, Mychael Knight. The 39-year-old Season 3 contender passed away last month after battling intestinal issues.