In April, Playmate Ashley Mattingly sadly passed away at the young age of thirty-three.
For the last few months, much confusion and speculation have surrounded her sudden passing but, now, her official cause of death has been confirmed.
The Texan-born model was found “unresponsive” at her home on April 17th.
She was only thirty-three-years-old.
Pictured above, second from the right, the model found her fame as Playboy’s Miss March in 2011.
Her Instagram account, which has now been taken down, was adorned with modeling and lingerie shots from her colorful career.
Things weren’t too easy for Ashley and her mental health.
Back 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.
Lane, her ex-boyfriend, was convicted of domestic battery in 2012.
According 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.
And had even adopted a 9-month-old Golden Retriever puppy in a bid to combat her loneliness.
Back in April, a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check after Ashley went radio silent, TMZ reported.
Where they found her as “unresponsive.”
Sadly, she was later pronounced as dead.
She touched the lives of so many people.
Including Carrie Stevens, who urged those who are struggling to reach out for help.
Including the story about Ashley’s neighbors:
“She told me they never locked their door so we went in & place was a pigsty. We pranked them by making all their beds & cleaning while they were out. Silly.”
Carrie just wished that she had seen the signs and done something to prevent Ashley’s actions.
Behind all the glamor, Ashley was apparently the sweetest, most caring person.
We can’t even begin to imagine the type of place Ashley was in prior to her death.
You never know what’s going on behind closed doors.
This is a stark reminder that those who are struggling need help.
Always remember to check in on your loved ones.
But, more importantly, why does this keep happening?
Domestic violence victims need to be receiving more help, and fast.
“Don’t comment on someone’s death and act like you know something because you read something.”
“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!”
Chrissy, and Ashley’s twin brother, Billy, told TMZ that Ashley had taken her own life and that she had left a suicide note, which the police took as evidence.
In a video with a face filter, Ashley could be heard saying: “I’m sick with alcohol… don’t drink it. Don’t drink it. Leave it alone.”
“Please slow down on the drinking! U won’t be able to get into a hospital! I’m lucky!”
TMZ has reported that Ashley’s official cause of death has been confirmed.
And her autopsy revealed that she died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Opiates and benzos, to be precise.
Let’s just hope that her story can raise awareness of the dangers of mental health, and ultimately save lives.