Laura Vanessa Nunes was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 July 1976, and spent her childhood years in Portugal and South Africa. She qualified as a beauty therapist and masseuse in 2006, and in 2007 she left South Africa for Dubai, spending the rest of her life in the Middle East. She died by suicide, falling to her death from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, on 16 November 2014. She was 38 years old. Her death was covered up by the government of Dubai.