PLAYBOY model Ashley Mattingly “struggled with substance abuse” before her tragic death at age 33, but her family insisted exclusively to The Sun that she was determined to “get her life on track” before her untimely passing.
Ashley’s twin brother, William Mattingly, and her sister, Christy Deweese, told The Sun in a statement that it is believed the former playmate “took her own life” and left behind “notes” on Thursday after a friend called police asking for a welfare check.
The statement read: “It’s maybe no secret that Ashley struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, but she wanted to and was working toward getting better.”
William told The Sun that although his sister kept “a lot of her life private,” they “knew she was struggling.”
He said: “We could have done more. It’s easy knowing that now with all the clues brought to light. So we can let people know to check on there loved ones and try and be there. Ashley was reaching out.”
William added that she “really just wanted to get her life on track.”
He continued: “She was taking flight lessons to become a pilot. I was left her log books. I’m super proud of that. She was horse back riding at a rehab facility so we thought it was getting better.”
William said she was enjoying her life in her home with her puppy, which she adopted to help overcome her demons, after moving to Austin, Texas a couple of years ago to be closer to her nieces.
He said: “I just wish we spent a little more time going down there.”
William explained how with the coronavirus pandemic, it is “very difficult” to plan a funeral, but they will be planning “a fabulous Ashley type of memorial” when they are able to.
The siblings said: “She will continue to live on through nieces whom she loved dearly and always thought of no matter how far away she was, a twin brother, two sisters and numerous other friends and family members.
“We will forever cherish her memories and know that her joy is eternally sealed. We look forward to seeing her again.”
Ashley was Playboy’s Miss March in 2011 and was also a spokesperson for the lingerie-inspired swimwear company Femme Noir Swimgerie.
In 2016, she was charged with a DUI after allegedly plowing into four parked cars with a golf cart while inebriated.
Ashley was a domestic abuse survivor, as her ex-boyfriend Lane Garrison was convicted of hitting her in 2012 after video evidence was supplied.
He was sentenced to two months of jail, $2,500 in fines and over 50 sessions of AA and a domestic violence batterer counseling program.
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