Ashley Mattingly, the former Playboy Playmate, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her autopsy reported confirmed today. The 33-year-old model was discovered dead in her Austin, Texas home, back in April of this year.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office says that she killed herself with a handgun. TMZ reported at the time that the toxicology results indicated that she had a number of drugs in her system before she passed away, including benzos and opiates.
During a conversation with TMZ, her family said that Mattingly had been struggling with substance and alcohol abuse for years, but she was trying to get her life back on track. Moreover, Mattingly’s family says that the quarantine orders from the government only facilitated her loneliness.
To combat the effects of solitude, her family explained, Ashley purchased a 9-month-old puppy to help her out. Reportedly, Mattingly was Playboy’s Miss March back in 2011. As it was previously reported by Todd Malm in April of this year, Ashley’s death was reported as a suicide.
Her family dropped a statement, picked up by People Magazine, in which they said she had a “larger-than-life” personality. However, as the years went by, she struggled with substance and alcohol abuse and moved closer to home over the last few years.
Mattingly also left a suicide note, but it has never been released to the public. After news of her death was revealed, her friends and associates said they were troubled to hear it, including Carrie Stevens.
On the 20th of April, Carrie was on Twitter to say that she was heartbroken by the announcement of Mattingly’s tragic passing. She urged other people to reach out to a medical professional if they’re struggling with mental health issues.
Previously, Mattingly had a troubled personal life, including when she dated Lane Garrison. TMZ says she and Garrison fought viciously, and Mattingly has said she was the victim of domestic abuse. Billy, her brother, confirmed her April 15th suicide in her Austin, Texas, home.