Playboy model and social media star Katie May, 34, dies after suffering “catastrophic” stroke


Playboy model and “Queen of Snapchat” Katie May has passed away after suffering a serious stroke.

She was aged just 34.

Los Angeles-based Katie, who has modelled for Playboy and Sports Illustrated in the past, was taken to hospital after suffering the stroke on Monday and remained in critical condition until her death.

She was taken off life support on Thursday evening and died surrounded by her family and loved ones, reports TMZ.

“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing today of Katie May – mother, daughter, sister, friend, businesswoman, model and social media star – after suffering a catastrophic stroke caused by a blocked carotid artery on Monday,” a statement from her brother Stephen May read.

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Model Katie May in a Playboy spread

The successful model and social media star, who was dubbed the “Queen of Snapchat” by Sports Illustrated and GQ, had been complaining of neck pain and sought treatment recently.

The website reports the stroke was caused by a blockage in the star’s carotid artery.

Katie is mum to a seven-year-old daughter and the model’s family has launched aGoFundMe page to help support her.

“Anyone who was lucky enough to know Katie May was truly blessed by her incredible heart, mind and soul. She was an inspiration and a guiding light to so many people in this world,” the page reads.

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“Please help us by donating money to support her daughter. We want to raise as much money for her daughter’s living trust as possible to ensure she will always be taken care of. Her daughter was Katie’s whole life, so please help Katie and her family by donating money.”

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Katie had a huge social media following and regularly shared modeling shots with her 1.9 million followers.

Her last social media post, shared on Monday, read: “Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It’s very windy here today in LA.”

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