Dallas 'fashion star' dies after aneurysm in Aspen

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJanuary 18, 2011
A co-owner of a popular Dallas boutique died this morning after suffering a brain aneurysm while skiing in Aspen over the weekend, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Former model and current Forty Five Ten co-owner Shelly Musselman, 59, passed away at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, where she was airlifted, the newspaper reported.

"The 5-foot-nine Musselman was a perfect fit for the glamorous clothing she sold — and wore — including runway looks from Narciso Rodriguez, Stella McCartney, Azzedine Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier and other top-tier labels," the Dallas Morning News reported. "While every day she was every inch a Dallas fashion star, friends and customers unanimously remember her as warm, approachable, and — above all — a mom."

It was not immediately clear what triggered the aneurysm, which can result from preexisting conditions like high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, or from head trauma.

"On Sunday, January 16, at 12:24 p.m., members of the Aspen Highlands ski patrol witnessed a woman collapse while skiing on the lower part of the Thunder Bowl run. They responded immediately," the Aspen Skiing Company said in a statement. "The woman was unconscious and non-responsive when patrol arrived. They administered advanced life support measures and transported her to a waiting ambulance where she was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. The woman ... was skiing and was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The thoughts and prayers of everyone here at Aspen Skiing Company are with her family and friends at this time."

Musselman is survived by husband Jimmy Musselman and her children Jace, Matt and daughter-in-law Lauren, Meredith and Will.

Shelly Musselman
Dallas Morning News

A website set up for Musselman at Caring Bridge said she died "in peace, surrounded by her family and dearest friends. There was a Catholic service with her favorite hyms and prayers. She was resting comfortably. Shelly of course looked beautiful and passed on to the next world with the same elegance and grace that she possessed while she was still with us. Shelly is an icon, a force of nature, a bright light that will shine in all of us forever. She took care of so many and the world is a better place for having had her in it. We only hope now, to carry on as she would have wanted, with her spirit in our hearts. She touched so many and we were all lucky to have known her throughout her fifty-nine years. There is the most beautiful, funny, smiling and loving angel in heaven watching over us all, and of course, being fabulous."

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