‘I hope I’m making you proud’: Matthew Mellon’s daughter pays tribute to her playboy father in touching post a year after he died in a Mexico hotel just days before starting controversial ibogaine treatment for addiction
- ‘I hope I’m making you proud,’ wrote Araminta ‘Minty’ Mellon on the one-year anniversary of her father Matthew’s death
- She then shared childhood photos of herself and her father along with one that showed him smiling with his arm around first wife Tamara
- Matthew had been travelling to a rehab facility to receive ibogaine at the time of his death
- Her died age 54 after suffering a fatal heart attack that occurred after he drank ayahuasca
The daughter of Matthew Mellon paid tribute to her late father on Tuesday with an Instagram post, one year after he tragically passed away at the age of 54.
‘I hope I’m making you proud,’ wrote Araminta ‘Minty’ Mellon.
The daughter of Matthew and his well-heeled first wife Tamara included four photos with her post, the first of which showed her with her dad at her second birthday.
That was followed by a picture of dad and daughter going for a swim and a newborn Minty with her father.
The last image was one of her two parents smiling prior to their divorce.
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In memory: ‘I hope I’m making you proud,’ wrote Araminta ‘Minty’ Mellon (above) on the one-year anniversary of her father’s death
Rehab: Matthew had been travelling to a rehab facility to receive ibogaine at the time of his death
Matthew had been travelling to a rehab facility to receive ibogaine at the time of his death.
The controversial psychoactive solution has not been approved for use in the United States, but its disassociate properties have made it a popular choice among addicts who often travel to foreign countries to seek the treatment.
Mellon never made it however, suffering a fatal heart attack that was brought on by ayahuasca just before he was to check in to the facility in Mexico.
He had been dating Robert F Kennedy Jr’s daughter Kathleen, who goes by Kick, at the time.
She was his first high profile relationship following his split from second wife Nicole Hanley.
The couple kept quiet about the split and rumors began to circulate shortly after they first split that the two might call off the divorce, but those rumors were put to rest in when Matthew posted on Instagram about the relationship in August.
Sources said at the time that Hanley’s wealthy parents did not approve of their daughter reuniting with Matthew.
Matthew and Hanley first met in 2006 at a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida and were married four years later at designer Diane von Furstenberg’s house on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
‘I knew instantly. I was rocketed to the fourth dimension. It was a metaphysical overtaking,’ Mellon later told The New York Times of meeting Hanley.
It was the second marriage for Matthew, who was previously married to Tamara Mellon, who kept his name even after the pair split.
The Jimmy Choo co-founder and Matthew met in 1998 while attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in London and were engaged within six months.
They were married two years later at Blenheim Palace in front of 300 guests, including Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley, and shortly after welcomed a daughter, Araminta, who they call Minty.
Couple: She then shared childhood photos of herself and her father along with one that showed him smiling with his arm around first wife Tamara (above)
The couple began to drift apart around the time their daughter was born as Matthew’s drug usage increased according to his ex-wife, who said in a story she wrote for The Daily Mail that he would go missing for days at a time and suffered from ‘paranoid delusions of cocaine psychosis.’
He had already used huge amounts of the 13 trust funds he inherited aged 21 on cocaine and parties before he met his wife and was found during their marriage at points freebasing cocaine in the kitchen and once in a crack dens in Notting Hill.
She said that the decision to split came after the pair went away on holiday to Saint Tropez and Matthew disappeared for three days after going out to the club one night.
Matthew, who had been in rehab several times at that point dating back to when he was in college, entered a clinic soon after with the help of his now estranged wife.
The couple divorced soon after and the terms of the divorce were never made public.
Matthew and his first wife jointly raised their daughter Minty after their split.