Actress found dead in hotel room

American actress, Lisa Lynn Masters, has died at the age of 52 from an apparent suicide during a modelling trip to Peru.

Multiple media reports say hotel workers found Masters dead inside her room at the Nuevo Mundo hotel in Lima just before midnight on Thursday.

Official said she was battling depression and hanged herself with her skirt.

Her family did not confirm how she died in a statement, saying: “As to her husband and family’s wishes, we hope that the industry can mourn her death without details. In these darkening days, we hope those who have had the pleasure of knowing her will see how brightly she shined and will find that light within themselves and continue to share it with others just as she would have.”

A GoFundMe page set up to aid Masters’ husband William in transporting her body back to the United States and help with funeral costs said the actress died “tragically and unexpectedly” and said her “genuine warmth, generosity and tenacious strength will be deeply missed”.

Masters was born in Nebraska but grew up in North Carolina, USA.

She became a news reporter after graduating from Appalachian State University in Broadcasting with a minor in Modern Dance.

She later moved to New York to model and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to earn her master’s degree but abandoned her pursuit of news journalism and instead took a career in acting and writing.

The tragic star had roles in television series including Law & Order, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl, Nashville and most recently the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

She had also starred in films including The Stepford Wives and It’s Complicated.