Former Playboy playmate Ashley Mattingly has died aged 33.
The former model took her own life on Wednesday (April 15) while at her home in Austin Texas, according to TMZ.
The site claims Ashley – who previously struggled with substance abuse – was found unresponsive on Friday after a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check because Ashley was not responding to messages.
The model had left a suicide note and the police took the note as part of their investigation.
Her family told TMZ that the model had been living in Texas for the past two years and was trying to get her life back on track after battling alcohol abuse.
In a statement, Ashley’s family said: ‘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 to get better.’
The family continued: ‘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 leaves behind 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.
‘We will forever cherish her memories and know that her joy is eternally sealed. We look forward to seeing her again.’
Ashley’s twin brother Billy Mattingly paid tribute to her in a Facebook post which described her as a ‘rock star’ and ‘beauty queen’.
She had even recently adopted a golden retriever puppy to help combat her loneliness.
Back in 2011, Ashley was named Playboy’s Miss March but her life made headlines a year later when her then-boyfriend Lane Garrison was convicted of domestic battery.
While in 2016, Ashley was charged with DUI after allegedly hitting four parked cars with her golf cart when she was intoxicated.