Its with great sadness that the Model Fair family must share the news of another recent death to affect the modeling community of the death of high-profile glamour model Katie May. Last Thursday, it was announced that the critically-proclaimed “Queen of Snapchat” was declared dead after suffering a fatal catastrophic stroke last Monday, February 1st in Los Angeles, California. May’s death was revealed by May’s family who were at the hospital to give their final farewells.

Popular news outlet TMZ first broke the news of the death of the 34-year-old. She was rushed to the ER on Monday and identified to be in critical condition after having a blockage in her carotid artery caused the “catastrophic” stroke. On Thursday, May was pronounced dead after being taken off life support from the advisement of her family. May mentioned having pain in her neck on twitter after taking a serious fall during a photoshoot two weeks ago. She tweets the following, “Pinched a nerve in my neck on a photoshoot and got adjusted this morning. It really hurts!”

Sources say the operating theory is the 34-year-old model did not pinch a nerve, but instead tore the carotid artery in her neck. It’s called a carotid artery dissection. Strokes are not uncommon for models, back in 2014, Supermodel Claudia Mason suffered a stroke in 2011 known as Ischemic stroke. Mason had suffered a tear in her vertebral artery that lead to the stroke. Mason, a stroke survivor, went on to become the face of a 2014 campaign American Stroke Association. Mason also spoke on her experience behind-the-scenes during make-up.

Supermodel challenges stroke stereotypes in new PSA campaign from Synaptic Digital on Vimeo.

May, the Pittsburgh-born, blonde was discovered after relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment in 2013. Her transition from PR to modeling resulted in May achieving a huge following via social network quickly and has graced the covers of high-profile publications like Sports Illustrated. May is currently unaligned with an agency and since beginning her career has not been under an agency umbrella. In early 2014, Katie May Instagram account had only 1000 followers, as the year progressed, she accumulated over one-million followers. Back in November, May conducted an her final interview with The Guy Society, where the model discussed her upbringings, social media success, and being labelled as a sex symbol. The interview would be May’s final interview before her death. Also two months ago, May shot with Playboy for what would unexpectedly be her final shoot with the company. Katie May was Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 2014, check out her latest shoot below:

May is survived by her 7-year-old daughter and a GoFundMe account has been set up and gathering funding in support of May death.

The GoFundMe request was set up by May’s brother Matthew Katz in support of the future flourishment of May’s daughter’s education. With a goal of 100k, May’s family has accumulated over 10,000 dollars thus far. May’s brother wrote a heart felt message to encourage fans to support May’s last affairs, stating:

“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.”

All those interested in donating to Katie May’s Daughter education fund, visit Help Katie May’s Daughter GoFundMe account here.


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