Ashley Mattingly, who appeared in a 2011 issue of Playboy as Miss March, has passed away at age 33 from an apparent suicide.
On Monday, the former Playmate’s brother and sister, William and Christy Mattingly, told TMZ that they believed their sister took her own life last week at her home near Austin, Texas. They were told by police that Ashley left behind notes.
“We learned late Thursday night that it is believed that our dear sister with a larger-than-life personality took her own life,” they said in a statement posted by People.
William and Christy say Ashley — who they say suffered “with alcohol and substance abuse” — was found unresponsive in her residence after a friend called the Austin Police Department to perform a wellness check.
Per TMZ, Ashley recently adopted a 9-month-old golden retriever puppy to help with her loneliness, which was only exacerbated by Texas’ Stay at Home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In their statement to People, William and Christy say Ashley’s dog is now in their custody.
“We are now loving on her sweet golden retriever puppy that she recently adopted to overcome these demons,” they said.
Though Ashley’s siblings have yet to read the notes she left behind, they “are anxious to read them.”
Despite her passing, William and Christy will continue to preserve their sister’s memory.
“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,” they exclaimed.
“Our hope is that Ashley’s story can continue to shed a light on suicide awareness and prevention,” they concluded. “We love you Ashley.”
The investigation into Ashley’s death is still ongoing.
Back in 2016, Ashley was charged with DUI after she allegedly crashed her golf cart into four parked cars.
Years before, in 2012, Ashley’s ex-boyfriend, actor Lane Garrison, pleaded no contest to slapping her at her apartment building in Los Angeles. Garrison was sentenced to 36 months of unsupervised probation, and was ordered to complete 52 AA meetings, 8 hours of community service, and 52 domestic violence classes.
Our condolences go out to Ashley’s loved ones for their loss.