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Former Playboy Playmate Ashley Mattingly Dead At 33 From Suicide, Family Confirms

Ashley Mattingly struggled with alcohol and substance abuse before her death, her family said in a statement.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Former Playboy playmate Ashley Mattingly has died from suicide, according to a statement from her loved ones.

Mattingly’s family confirmed that she was found dead in her home on Thursday after a friend called the authorities to conduct a wellness check because they were unable to reach her, E! News reports. The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office in Austin, Texas have confirmed Mattingly’s death, but an official cause of death is still pending, according to the outlet.

Mattingly was only 33 years old. At the time of her death, she’d been living in Austin, Texas in order to be closer to her loved ones as she battled addiction, her 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," reads a statement from the family obtained by E! News. "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."

Mattingly is survived by a twin brother, two sisters, and her nieces, as well as a golden retriever puppy that she’d recently adopted in an effort to “overcome [her] demons,” her family said, according to PEOPLE. While she did leave behind notes, the family has not yet been able to read them because they are in the hands of the police, who are actively investigating her death.

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Mattingly was featured in Playboy magazine in their 2011 issue as Miss March, multiple outlets report.

Another fellow former playmate, model and actress Carrie Stevens, shared her condolences on Twitter on Monday, sharing a photo of herself and Mattingly posing with the late Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner and writing in the caption, “I am devastated. My friend #ashleymattingly took her own life. If you are struggling please reach out for help.  She was only 33 RIP #playmatesister.”

Mattingly made headlines in 2016 following her DUI arrest for allegedly driving a golf cart while under the influence and hitting four parked cars, but she denied being the guilty party, TMZ reports.

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