Ashley Mattingly, who was best known for her modeling work with Playboy, has sadly passed away at the young age of thirty-three.
Keep scrolling to read more about Ashley's life, and to hear the tragic circumstances surrounding her death - including her heartbreaking final Instagram post.
Ashley Mattingly has been taken too soon.
via: InstagramThe Texan-born model was found "unresponsive" at her home last week on April 17th. She was only thirty-three-years-old.
Ashley was perhaps best known for her work with Playboy.
via: GettyPictured above, second from the right, the model found her fame as Playboy's Miss March in 2011.
And, as well as being a Playmate, Ashley modeled for a number of different brands...
via: InstagramHer Instagram account, which has now been taken down, was adorned with modeling and lingerie shots from her colorful career.
Hundreds of tributes have been flooding in for the model...
May you RIP @AshleyMattingly 😔 I’m not very good with words when it comes to things like this, but i’m so sorry https://t.co/E7Dy8dAc1F— Tiffany Toth (@Tiffany Toth)1587413197.0
Old Playmates are paying homage to their friend...
I am devastated. My friend #ashleymattingly took her own life. If you are struggling please reach out for help. S… https://t.co/pXWO0bQ25Q— Carrie Stevens (@Carrie Stevens)1587415354.0
Carrie has been sharing old stories from her and Ashley's long friendship...
I keep thinking of Ashley.She had these neighbors.Three guys that lived in the apartment next to hers. They weren’t… https://t.co/6uFWZGIfet— Carrie Stevens (@Carrie Stevens)1587442950.0
And, like many...
@SolarAtticFan I wish ... seems like it happened so fast. I’m just a wreck wishing I could have done something.— Carrie Stevens (@Carrie Stevens)1587447064.0
Other Twitter users are coming together to remember the type of person Ashley was...Behind all the glamor, Ashley was apparently the sweetest, most caring person.
People are shocked and devastated by her sudden death...
@jonnyr157 @muchbetterBeast @TiffanyTothxoxo @AshleyMattingly My gawd... What kind of world do we live in, where t… https://t.co/mGRuVKZCCg— Leodred 💫 HWAoC Time (@Leodred 💫 HWAoC Time)1587416741.0
Ashley is evidence that, despite how happy someone may seem...
@CarrieStevensXO Demons haunt all of us. Sorry for your loss. 🙏🙏🙏🙏— anthony airo (@anthony airo)1587415868.0
Ashley must have been experiencing a lot of turmoil...
@CarrieStevensXO My condolences. Anytime someone is in so much that only option they can see is the permanent one… https://t.co/MYh69KslEI— Scott Steadman Lucas (@Scott Steadman Lucas)1587418402.0
This is a stark reminder that those who are struggling need help.
@CarrieStevensXO Sorry for your loss. No words really help. May she RIP. My thoughts and prayers to you and her fam… https://t.co/HAobiEszmy— Scott Schwilk (@Scott Schwilk)1587425587.0
But, more importantly, why does this keep happening?
What a horrific convergence of our current crises. Former Playboy model commits suicide while in quarantine. She wa… https://t.co/7cwHv7m1Z5— Tiana Lowe (@Tiana Lowe)1587428623.0
And her fellow Playmate, Tiffany Toth, has some stern words for those gossiping about her tragic death.
@jonnyr157 @playmate_fan @AshleyMattingly People like you are annoying, don’t comment on someones death and act lik… https://t.co/1rwgFN14nW— Tiffany Toth (@Tiffany Toth)1587419165.0
The model had been famously battling with alcohol and substance abuse.
via: InstagramBack in 2016, she was publicly arrested and charged with DUI after allegedly driving her golf cart into 4 parked cars while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Sadly, she was also a victim of domestic abuse.
via: GettyLane, her ex-boyfriend, was convicted of domestic battery in 2012.
But, in more recent years, she had been working hard at getting her life back on track.
via: InstagramAccording to her family, the model had been living back in her hometown, Austin, for the last 2 years in an attempt to recover from her alcohol addiction.
Ashley was part of a shelter-in-place order during the ongoing medical pandemic...
via: InstagramAnd had even adopted a 9-month-old Golden Retriever puppy in a bid to combat her loneliness.
But, evidently, her efforts were to no avail.
via: InstagramOn Friday last week, a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check after Ashley went radio silent, TMZ reports.
The police attended her home...
via: InstagramWhere they found her as "unresponsive." Sadly, she was later pronounced as dead.
The police are yet to release an official cause of death.
via: InstagramBut her family has told TMZ that she committed suicide.
Ashley's siblings have spoken out about the loss of their sister.
via: InstagramHer sister, Christy, and twin brother, Billy, told the publication that Ashley did indeed take her own life, and that she had left a suicide note, which the police took as evidence.
It is utterly heartbreaking.Chrissy left a touching tribute to her sister on Facebook, writing: "Because I can’t find the words to say I will just leave this here. I love you and will miss you every day. Fly high sister, I know you are the most gorgeous angel in heaven!"
And Ashley's final Instagram post speaks to the pain she was in prior to her tragic death.
via: Instagram"I'm sick with alcohol... don't drink it. Don't drink it. Leave it alone."
"I'm not quarantined I took bad advice and drank too much which I vomited a lot of blood."
via: Instagram"Please slow down on the drinking! U won't be able to get into a hospital! I'm lucky!"
Rest in peace, Ashley.
via: InstagramLet's just hope that her story can raise awareness of the dangers of mental health, and ultimately save lives.