A stroke which led to the death of a playboy model Feb. 4 was likely caused when she fell during a photo shoot, sources say.
Katie May, who has also made a name for herself on Instagram, took part in a photo shoot Jan. 29 but said afterwards it had not gone to plan, TMZ reported.
“Pinched a nerve in my neck on a photoshoot and got adjusted this morning. It really hurts!” she tweeted, According to TMZ.
But doctors say rather than pinching a nerve, May likely tore an artery in her neck, resulting in a blood clot. Doctors told May’s family that the clot broke off, in what is known as a carotid artery dissection, and caused her stroke Feb. 1.
May remained in critical condition and was taken off life support Feb. 4, when she died surrounded by friends and family.
The popular model became known as the “Queen of Snapchat” due to her prominent online presence. She had around 2 million Instagram followers, according to TMZ.
May had a daughter aged seven. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to help support her.
In an interview last month with Huffington Post, she explained how she worked hard to raise her daughter as a single mother.
“I was just out of college and working in public relations for a very well-known and chic fashion house when I met my daughter’s father,” May told Huffington Post. “I was very taken by his presence and extravagant lifestyle and basically dropped everything that I had worked for to be with him. About a year into it, I realized it was a nightmare and I had sacrificed everything at this point.”
“I left him at five months pregnant and started a life on my own,” she added.
She also talked enthusiastically about a new partnership she had developed with a sports betting app.
“I’m showing people you can be intelligent and a model,” she told the Post. “You can do more than sell protein and tea on social media and you don’t have to be a movie star or musician to have influence. I tell the guys at JetBet when something is corny or won’t work socially and they tell me when my marketing ideas are too expensive or won’t align with their strategy.”