Wendy Pepper, who appeared on the first season of Project Runway, has died. She was 53.
The designer, whose real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart, died peacefully on Nov. 12, surrounded by her loving family, according to an obituary in The Washington Post. The cause of death is unknown.
Pepper was a finalist on the first season of the designing competition show in 2004 and came in third place. During her time on Project Runway, she had the chance to sell one of her designs at Banana Republic and designed ET's own Nancy O'Dell's GRAMMY gown.
"We are saddened to hear of the passing of another member of the Project Runway family, designer Wendy Pepper, this year," Lifetime said in a statement. "Wendy was one of the original designers that sent creations down the catwalk, paving the way for other designers to come. We wish her family and friends peace during this difficult time."