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Tiffani Thiessen's Boyfriend Was Found Dead in His Bed 6 Months after They Started Dating

Busayo Ogunjimi
Oct 21, 2021
11:17 A.M.

Actress Tiffani Thiessen has enjoyed fame in her few decades as a movie star. Her personal life has also involved some dramas. From losing a partner to a public split, here’s a look at her private life.


Tiffani Thiessen is most recognized for her performances on "Saved by the Bell" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," but there's much more to her life. The actress also has a dramatic personal life in addition to her career as an actress.

Thiessen’s career as an entertainer began in her younger days when she participated in a beauty pageant as a little girl and was crowned Miss Junior America in 1987. Here is some insights into her private life.

A picture of actress Tiffani Thiessen  | Source: Getty Images

A picture of actress Tiffani Thiessen | Source: Getty Images


There are different aspects to Thiessen's life — she is an actress, model, producer, and celebrity cook. Born on January 23, 1974, the California-born actress was exposed to show biz at an early age and had her first commercial at the age of eight before participating in several beauty pageants.


Throughout her career, Thiessen has acted in several movies and television series. She showed her versatility and talent when she delved into the world of production and directed a movie.

Tiffani Thiessen attends The 12th Annual Television Academy Honors at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 30, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Tiffani Thiessen attends The 12th Annual Television Academy Honors at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 30, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Thiessen made her television debut in the NBC sitcom "Saved by the Bell," as Kelly Kapowski (1989). It was a popular favorite for five years. The show's success acted as a springboard for the stunning actress, propelling her to new heights in her career.

Thiessen was cast in the long-running sitcom "Beverly Hills, 90210" shortly after “Saved By the Bell” was discontinued.

In her new show, the stunning actress was cast as Valerie Malone, a sly vixen constantly feuding with Kelly Taylor, played by Jennie Garth. After spending a few years on the show, Thiessen left the show to get more movie roles and furthered her career.


After returning to the regular movie business, Thiessen did not find it hard to secure movie roles for herself and has since featured in several high-profile movies.


The 47-year-old has several passions and at some point became a celebrity cook, which she combined with her acting career. On social media, Thiesen has a large following and is known for having a good rapport with her fans.

Thiessen’s career has not been without awards and nominations. Asides from acting, she has also been an active part of her society. She was awarded the CLCA Green Image Award from the “Green Expo/Green Image Awards” in 2009 for her commitment to the California Green Movement and teaching sustainable living skills to citizens.



Thiessen has been in a series of relationships since she came into the spotlight. The actress has had some relationships that ended well, while others left her heartbroken and in sorrow.

In 1999, the former child model was in a relationship with actor David Strickland whom she met at a kick-boxing studio and dated until he suddenly committed suicide six months later.


Strickland was one of the actors in the average comedy, “Suddenly Susan,” and played a role in “Forces of Nature,” appearing alongside other stars like Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.

Sadly, his body was found lifeless, hanging from a bedsheet in a clear case of suicide. He was said to have been battling with bipolar disorder and had stopped taking his medications. His death was a heartbreaking experience for his girlfriend, Thiessen.

From 1992 to 1995, Thiessen was in a serious relationship with actor Brian Austin Green, whom she met on the show “Beverly Hills, 90210.” The duo was said to be so in love that they moved in together.


The duo began to have issues with their romance when Green found it difficult to become a co-worker with his girlfriend on the show, and sometimes she was scripted to kiss another actor. After their split, the former lovebirds remained friends.

She was rumored to have had a romantic relationship with actor Richard Ruccolo, whom she met on the sitcom "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" in 1998. The couple dated for a while, and things got more serious, and they were engaged in 2001. By 2003, the couple called off their engagement.



Thiessen finally found love and married actor Brady Smith, whom she was introduced to by her close friend, Jennie Garth. The duo wedded in a private ceremony that featured their friends and family and was said to have been a remarkable experience for both stars.

The event featured several high moments, and the bride, Thiessen, looked gorgeous in a French lace and tulle dress designed by Vera Wang, while her husband rocked a suit by Kenneth Cole. in honor of their 15th anniversary, Thiessen and her husband recreated their iconic wedding.



A few years after walking down the aisle, the couple became parents for the first time following the birth of their daughter, Harper Renn Smith. An excited Thiessen noted that she had waited a long time to start a family.

Later, Thiessen became a mom for the second time with her husband after their son Holt Fisher Smith was born. The actress and her husband were glad to have expanded their home and see their dreams come true.


The birth came five years after their daughter was born, and the couple shared the news on their social media page. Thiessen noted that her older daughter Harper was proud to have become a big sister.

Since becoming parents, Thiessen and her husband admitted that life has changed, and they see themselves as more influential than ever. The couple loves to be the best examples to their kids and does their best to keep them inspired.


Despite their fame, both stars make family their priority. The couple adopted a hands-on approach while raising kids, and from the lovely family snaps, it is clear that the family of four share a strong bond.

Rather than hiring secondary help, Thiessen loves to pay close attention to her kids and enjoys being part of their life and helping them with their basic tasks and school work.

Fans who want a glimpse of Thiessen’s beautiful family can scroll through her social media for some nice family moments.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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