Doig was represented by a top agency in the 1980s.
Doig was accompanied by Carey Hicks during her time in Lee Park.
File photo by Courteney Stuart
She didn't come to Lee Park to protest. She was just looking for a safe place to sleep.
Now, friends and family are mourning the death of Linda Doig, a former international fashion model who once worked with top designers in Milan and Paris, but whose downward spiral into alcoholism brought her into the Occupy Charlottesville encampment in late November. Within days of setting up camp in the park, she told a reporter, she embraced the movement.
"You have to listen to what they're saying," said Doig. "They're making sense."
During the interview, conducted on November 28, the 51-year-old Doig appeared tearful and frail but mentally lucid as she recalled her glamorous past and the medical issues that ravaged her. She noted that a back injury and other conditions were exacerbated by the outdoor living conditions she endured since getting evicted from an Albemarle County residence in mid-November.
"I don't know where I'm going to go," said Doig, weeping, as her companion, 47-year-old carpenter Carey Hicks, squeezed her hand and expressed sympathy for her situation.
"She had further to fall than I did," Hicks said of their sudden homelessness.
Sources indicate that Doig's family members, who had been trying to find her since her eviction, had obtained a room for her in an area motel soon after she left Lee Park; but her health appears to have deteriorated rapidly over the ensuing days.
At 3:30am on Monday, December 5– less than a week after speaking with a reporter– rescue personnel and police were summoned to the Econo-Lodge on Emmet Street, where an unresponsive Doig had been discovered by a companion.
"There were no signs of life," says Charlottesville Police Spokesperson Ronnie Roberts, who says resuscitation efforts failed.
An autopsy reveals her death was natural and resulted from complications of chronic alcoholism.