Scott Miller 'deeply shocked' by Dawson's death

JO CASAMENTO
Last updated 12:52 25/02/2014
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DEEPLY SHOCKED: Charlotte Dawson's ex husband Scott Miller.

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Charlotte Dawson's former husband, Scott Miller, has been ''deeply shocked and saddened'' by her death, his spokesman said.

Miller, who recently gave his first public interview in more than a decade to Channel Nine's 60 Minutes, remains under contract with the network. It is understood a follow-up interview is being planned.

However, his spokesman said that Dawson's death came as a ''real shock to him, he was genuinely upset, even though they had not been in contact for some period of time''.

In the program that aired earlier this month, Miller spoke of his battle with drug addiction, revealing he had checked himself into rehab after another brush with the law landed him in jail.

The Atlanta Olympic Games silver and bronze medallist narrowly avoided jail a month ago on two charges of possessing methamphetamine, receiving a two-year suspended jail sentence.

In her last interview with Fairfax Media, a week before her death, Dawson confessed she still loved Miller and he would be the only man she would ever marry. She described their break-up as ''a painful time in my life''.

She later tweeted: "Hoping scott miller a man I loved very much can recover & become a great dad to [son] jack. So sad @60Mins." Dawson was found dead on Saturday at her Woolloomooloo home after a well-publicised battle with depression.

Meanwhile, Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile came under fire on Monday for a controversial post on his party's Facebook page linking her death to a pregnancy termination during her marriage to Miller.

Her photograph was posted on the page with the claim that the ''poignant story'' of Dawson's 1999 abortion was ''left unmentioned in many obituaries''.

In an open letter to Nile, PhD student Angela Williams wrote that she was ''disgusted'' by the post.

''It shows that your core motivation is to drive forward your agenda, regardless of any harm that may cause her family and loved ones, or the impact it may have on anyone facing the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy,'' she wrote.

Asked if he stood by the post, Nile said: ''Charlotte Dawson's story needs to be told because, if it could happen to a strong and successful woman such as Charlotte, it can happen to anyone. May she finally be at peace. Our sympathy and prayers are with her loved ones.''

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