Former Playmate Ashley Mattingly -- a domestic violence victim at the hands of Lane Garrison, who struggled with substance abuse -- is dead ... TMZ has learned.
Ashley's sister, Christy, and twin brother Billy tell us she took her own life Wednesday at her home in Austin, Texas and she left a suicide note.
We're told Ashley was found unresponsive Friday after a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check after Ashley went radio silent. We're told police took the note as part of their investigation.
Ashley's family tells us she had been living in Austin for the past two years, and she was struggling with substance abuse. We're told she had demons and battled alcohol abuse, but she was trying to get her life back on track.
The shelter-in-place order in Texas did not help Ashley, her family says, even though Ashley recently adopted a 9-month-old golden retriever puppy to help with her loneliness. We're told the pup, Miss Jean, is now with Ashley's family.
As we reported ... Ashley, who was Playboy's Miss March in 2011, was charged with DUI back in 2016 after allegedly plowing her golf cart into 4 parked cars while she was wasted.
As you know ... Ashley was a victim of domestic violence. Lane, her ex-boyfriend, was convicted of domestic battery in 2012.
Former Playboy model Ashley Mattingly has died by suicide at the age of 33, according to People. People said Mattingly’s brother and sister confirmed she died on April 16 in Texas.
“We learned late Thursday night that it is believed that our dear sister with a larger-than-life personality took her own life,” William and Christy Mattingly told People. “Ashley moved closer to home a couple years ago and was living in Austin. It’s maybe no secret that Ashley struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, but she wanted to and was working toward getting better.”
Mattingly was a Playboy model and was featured as Playboy‘s Miss March in 2011. In addition to struggling with substance use, Mattingly also survived domestic violence. Her ex-boyfriend, Lane Garrison, was convicted in 2012.
“Our hope is that Ashley’s story can continue to shed a light on suicide awareness and prevention,” William and Christy concluded their statement.
Former Playboy Playmate Ashley Mattingly struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for years before she took her own life, the 33-year-old's family have revealed.
Mattingly was found dead at her home in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
Her siblings, twin brother Billy and sister Christy, expressed their sadness at the shocking news in a statement to People on Monday.
'We learned late Thursday night that it is believed that our dear sister with a larger-than-life personality took her own life,' the statement reads.
'It's maybe no secret that Ashley struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, but she wanted to and was working toward getting better.'
The siblings thanked an unnamed friend who called the police about performing a wellness check on Mattingly after not hearing from her for several days, and said they have yet to see the suicide notes found near her body.
'As part of an ongoing investigation, the police have notes that we are told she left behind and we are anxious to read them,' they wrote.