Model Katie May dies aged 34 after suffering a 'catastrophic' stroke

Gemma Strong

Playboy model and 'Queen of Snapchat' Katie May has passed away after suffering a stroke. She was just 34 years old. The star was rushed to hospital on Monday and remained in a critical condition until her death. She was taken off life support on Thursday evening and died surrounded by her loved ones.

"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 confirmed.

Model Katie May has died at the age of 34

"Known as MsKatieMay on the Internet and the 'Queen of Snapchat' she leaves behind millions of fans and followers, and a heartbroken family. We respectfully ask for privacy in this difficult time."

Katie, who was named 'Queen of Snapchat' by Sports Illustrated, GQ and others, had been suffering from neck pain and was seeking treatment prior to her stroke.

She is survived by her seven-year-old daughter Mia, and the statement confirmed that a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the little girl's education.

The mother-of-one suffered a "catastophice stroke", her family confirmed

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

"Please help us by donating money to support her daughter and best friend Mia. Mia was Katie's whole life, so please help Katie, Mia and us by donating money to Mia."

Katie started her career as a successful public relations representative, but left the corporate world for modelling. She built her success through her social media pages, boasting 1.9 million Instagram flowers.

On Monday, she posted what was to be her final photo on Instagram, with the caption: "Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It's very windy here today in LA."

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