More sad news today. In addition to the continued violence in Iran and news of Farrah Fawcett’s death, I’m sorry to report that 37-year-old Belgian singer and television presenter Yasmine (real name Hilde Rens) has committed suicide.
Yasmine was well-known in Belgium for her music and TV career, as well as her 2003 marriage to Marianne Dupon, which was the first high-profile celebrity lesbian wedding in Belgium after same-sex marriage was legalized there.
Yasmine with Marianne Dupon in happier times
The couple separated in April, which appears to have been a significant factor in Yasmine’s suicide.
AfterEllen.com reader Annelies tipped us off to the news of her death and provided me with a little background on Yasmine:
Annelies added, "No one can quite believe it yet. This woman was incredibly well liked and respected. She was talented and passionate and outspoken."
AfterEllen.com reader Eefke1979 seconded that sentiment in an email to us about the news, writing, "Belgium is mourning one of it’s beloved singers, colleague, family and friend."
Although there has been no official statement confirming she died by suicide, Belgian newspaper are covering it as such. The homepage of Yasmine’s official website is now black, with only this photo of her:
This is obviously tragic news, for Yasmine, for her daughter, and for all those who loved and admired her.
Belgian/Dutch readers, please feel free to let the rest of us know more about Yasmine in the comments, including what she did for lesbian visibility in Belgium.