Ashley Mattingly, a former Playboy playmate, has died. She was 33. TMZ was first to report Ashley’s death.
Ashley’s twin brother William and sister Christy Mattingly say that she died by suicide and had left a suicide note, though further details are still unknown. Ashley lived in Travis County outside of Austin, Texas, and they received news of her death late Thursday.
Ashley was found unresponsive on Thursday after a friend called police asking for a wellness check because they had not heard from her.
The investigation into Ashley’s death is still ongoing, and her siblings have not yet been able to read her note.
Ashley appeared as Playboy‘s Miss March in 2011.
William and Christy gave a statement to People Magazine: “We learned late Thursday night that it is believed that our dear sister with a larger-than-life personality took her own life.”
“Ashley moved closer to home a couple years ago and was living in Austin. It’s maybe no secret that Ashley struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, but she wanted to and was working toward getting better.”
“We are now loving on her sweet golden retriever puppy that she recently adopted to overcome these demons. A friend, whom we are thankful for, called the police for a wellness check and she was found unresponsive her in home. As part of an ongoing investigation, the police have notes that we are told she left behind and we are anxious to read them. She will continue to live on through nieces whom she loved dearly and always thought of no matter how far away she was, a twin brother, two sisters and numerous other friends and family members. We will forever cherish her memories and know that her joy is eternally sealed. We look forward to seeing her again.”
“Our hope is that Ashley’s story can continue to shed a light on suicide awareness and prevention. We love you Ashley.”
Ashley recently adopted a 9-month-old golden retriever puppy to help with her loneliness. The puppy Miss Jean, is now with Ashley’s family.
In 2016, Ashley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Laguna Beach, California, TMZ reported at the time, though she denied the charge. In 2012, her boyfriend at the time was accused of slapping Ashley, but he denied any domestic abuse.
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