Katie May, a former Playboy model who was dubbed the ‘Queen of Snapchat’ has died aged 34, her brother Stephen has confirmed. The model, who had 1.9 million followers on Instagram, suffered a ‘catastrophic stroke’ on Monday and had previously been seeking treatment for neck pain.

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In a statement her brother Stephen May told People: “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 carotid artery on Monday.”

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"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 this difficult time. Those wishing to contribute to the living trust being set up for the care of her young daughter may do so at her GoFundMe page."

"Katie was a star in every sense of the word and I'll never stop missing her,” Stephen added. May was mother to a 7-year-old daughter named Mia, and a GoFundMe page has now been set up to raise money for her education.

"Anyone who was lucky enough to know Katie May was truly blessed by her incredible heart, mind and soul," the page reads. "She was an inspiration and a guiding light to so many people in this world."

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"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.” May’s last post to Instagram was made on Monday with the caption reading: "Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It's very windy here today in LA."