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Playboy model Katie May's death ruled accidental

Fatal stroke may be linked to fall at photo shoot

 

The mystery surrounding Playboy model Katie May’s sudden death has been solved.

According to TMZ, who unearthed the late star’s death certificate, May died from a blunt force injury that tore her left vertebral artery in February.

The injury, brought on by a trip to a chiropractor for an adjustment following a fall, essentially decreased blood flow to the brain.

May’s death was ruled accidental. She was 34.

“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 artery on Monday,” May’s family said in a statement at the time. “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.”

May left behind one young daughter, Mia. To help with expenses, her family launched a GoFundMe page with a goal of reaching $100,000. As of October 19, the campaign has raised $31,449.

It’s unclear if May’s family plans to follow up with legal action against the chiropractor.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.

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