Mattingly’s twin brother Billy Mattingly and sister Christy Mattingly Deweese told the news outlet that before taking her own life on April 15, 2020, she left a suicide note. The former model was first discovered unresponsive in her home on Friday, April 17, by the Austin Police, who arrived at her place to conduct a wellness check after receiving a call from a concerned friend.
Mattingly, who was Playboy’s Miss March in 2011, had a history with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2016, she was charged with a DUI after driving her golf cart into four parked cars. According to TMZ, her BAC measured at nearly double the legal limit.
While Mattingly was struggling emotionally during the current lockdown amid coronavirus, her family said she was trying her best to stay positive and had adopted a 9-month-old puppy to battle loneliness. Her dog, Miss Jean, is now in the care of Mattingly’s family, TMZ reported.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is free and available 24 hours, 7 days a week: 1-800-273-8255.
Here’s what you need to know about Ashley Mattingly:
1. Mattingly’s Final Facebook Post was a Quarantine Boudoir Photo On April 8
During coronavirus, Mattingly updated her Facebook cover banner to feature a photo with the text, “Social Distance Please,” on April 7. A day later, Mattingly updated her profile picture with a new black and white photo, which showed her self-quarantining at home in bed.
Based on her social media posts, it appeared as if Mattingly was doing as well as anyone during the coronvirus lockdown. She shared photos of herself social distancing at the beach and throwback pictures with friends enjoying time together on a boat.
2. Mattingly Had An Alleged Abusive Relationship With ‘Prison Break’ Star Lane Garrison
In 2012, Mattingly made headlines after police were called to her shared home with then-boyfriend Lane Garrison following an alleged domestic dispute. According to the Daily Mail, a neighbor called the local authorities after overhearing the couple’s argument grow increasingly volatile.
However, Mattingly, who was 25 at the time, and Garrison, 31, put on a united front following the incident. Garrison told TMZ, “I just really wanted to set the record straight. There was no domestic violence.”
Garrison previously served 40 months in prison following a drunk driving accident in 2007, which killed the 17-year-old passenger in his vehicle. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and providing alcohol to a minor.
3. Mattingly’s Signed Playboy Centerfold Is A Collectible Item
Even though it’s been nearly a decade since Mattingly earned the coveted Playboy Playmate title, her fans never forgot her featured photos. Her signed centerfold picture is sold as a collectible item on Amazon, which was for sale for $135 but is now unavailable.
4. Mattingly Reported Having A Stalker In 2016
After a year of receiving texts and calls a man named Joey, the former Playmate, who was living in Orange County, California, at the time, filed a report with the police when the alleged DJ showed up at her doorstep in 2016. In documents obtained by TMZ, Mattingly said she had turned down his offer to appear at one of his clubs but that he kept reaching out.
In the police report, Mattingly said that he showed up at her home in order to retrieve the silver Tiffany’s necklace he had left for her on Easter. However, by the time the police showed up, Joey was nowhere to be seen. Mattingly told authorities that she wanted the incident documented but did not want to press charges.
5. Tributes to Honor Mattingly’s Memory Were Shared on Social Media
Mattingly’s twin brother, Billy, shared the following message on his Facebook page:
Hey guys alot of people have reached out about my twin and rockstar/Beauty Queen. So I would like to take this time out of repect to her friends to let everyone know she has passed away. Iknow I will get to a memorial/tribute type post when words present themself bit I wasnt even ready for this post. Who is, right?.. If anyone wants to leave a comment or memory on her page that would be awesome! I will keep her friends posted on a celebration of life when the opportuniy presents its self. Special thanks to anyone and everyone who was or is a friend of hers or showed her love of any kind.
Mattingly’s sister Christy also shared a tribute message on her Facebook page. She remembered Mattingly as a beloved aunt to her two daughters, and a sibling that she will miss dearly.
She wrote, “Because I can’t find the words to say, I will just leave this here. I love you and will miss you everyday. Fly high sister, I know you are the most gorgeous angel in heaven! Death brings pain that time can only heal, No words could ease what we truly feel but with god, her joy is eternally sealed and I’ll cherish her memories that death can’t even steal.”