Katie May, Playboy model, dies at 34 after photoshoot accident

The self-titled “Queen of Snapchat,” Katie May, died Thursday at the age of 34 after a photoshoot accident.

TMZ reports that May suffered a neck injury when she fell during a photoshoot on Jan. 29, a week before her death. She experienced pain, was “adjusted” by her chiropractor and examined at the hospital, but was released the same day. She even tweeted about the pain.

Pinched a nerve in my neck on a Photoshoot and got adjusted this morning. It really hurts! Any home remedy suggestions loves? XOXO

— Katie May (@Ms_katiemay) January 29, 2016

Last Monday, the Playboy model suffered a “catastrophic” stroke, leaving her on life support; the stroke was caused by a blockage in her carotid artery. She remained alive with the help of machines, but was taken off on Thursday.

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This was her final Instagram photo.

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Katie had a huge presence on social media, with nearly two million people following her on Instagram. She was also very popular on Snapchat and modelled for dozens of publications including Playboy and Sports Illustrated.

May leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter.

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What You Should Know Before Going to the Chiropractor

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Back in January, Playboy model Katie May tweeted that she “pinched a nerve” in her neck during a photo shoot. She then followed up to say that she visited her chiropractor on two separate occasions to get “adjusted.” Just a few days later, May suffered a stroke, was put on life support, and later died. As if that weren’t tragic enough, TMZ is now reporting that May’s death certificate reveals a cause of death due to an injury stemming from “neck manipulation by chiropractor.” Apparently, the blunt force injury is said to have torn her left vertebral artery and cut off blood flow to her brain.

This terrifying announcement stirs up alarming questions about how the 34-year-old model could die after what appeared to be a rather routine visit for a common ailment. A pinched nerve is essentially nerve compression that can interfere with the signals your nervous system sends out to the rest of your body (tissues, organs, muscles), which can often cause pain. A chiropractor can identify that you do in fact have a pinched nerve, and he or she can typically offer an “adjustment” by applying specific force to your spine to eliminate that interference, therefore, hopefully, eliminating the pain.

According to Matt Tanneberg, D.C., C.S.C.S., a sports chiropractor in Phoenix, it’s imperative that your chiropractor perform exams and use imaging before making any adjustments on your back or neck “Some offices will do no exam, no X-rays or MRIs-they will simply adjust you and hope that it works out okay,” he says. “You need to have an examination and have some sort of imaging to figure out if the problem is a chiropractic one and where the primary causative factors are so that they can be addressed properly.” These kinds of exams are crucial for finding any underlying or lingering risk factors for an impending stroke. So if you are experiencing nerve pain, as seen with May, or have a headache that is worse or different from anything you have experienced previously, or feel any unusual sensations down one or both of your arms, head straight to your doctor or nearby emergency room, says Tanneberg. Because without first addressing those risks, something as simple as checking your blind spot while driving or putting your head back into the sink at the beauty salon could result in a stroke.

The good news is that May’s unfortunate outcome is exceedingly rare, with roughly one out of every 3 million adjustments causing a stroke, says Tanneberg. So while May’s story doesn’t mean you should avoid the chiropractor the next time you have a kink somewhere, it does highlight the need to speak up and ask about proper precautions and testing to be done before anyone lays a finger on you.

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The model’s most recent Instagram post, from earlier this week, reads, “Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It’s very windy here in LA.”

May appeared in a pictorial with other social-media stars on Playboy.com in the fall.

Recently Internet rumors had circulated that the model had died, with one account claiming that she fell from a cliff.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support May’s daughter, Mia. The page makes no mention of a stroke or hospitalization, but reads, “Katie’s family plans on using any money raised to help pay for education, Mia’s daily life and to help her dad with the costs of parenting.”

️Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It’s very windy here today in LA ????☀️???? #bikini #california #beach #lagunabeach

A photo posted by Katie May (@mskatiemay) on Feb 1, 2016 at 1:14pm PST

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As of this writing, the page has received $705 dollars, out of a targeted $100,000.

TheWrap has reached out to a Playboy spokeswoman for comment.

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Playboy model Katie May died last year at age 34 as the result of her chiropractor’s actions, according to a lawsuit filed by the model’s estate.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, names Dr. Eric Swartz and his practice, Back to Total Health, alleges wrongful death, medical malpractice and negligence, among other counts.

According to the lawsuit, May visited the chiropractor for a neck adjustment in late January and early February, after experiencing neck pain from holding an “awkward pose” during a photo-shoot. Shortly thereafter, the suit says, May was hospitalized and suffered a stroke, leading to her February 4, 2016 death.

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“Her death resulted from an injury sustained during a neck manipulation by chiropractor Defendant,” the lawsuit reads. “The coroner’s report confirms that the cause of death is due to infarction of the brain due to vertebral artery dissection due to blunt force injury of neck,” the suit reads.

According to the suit, Swartz was “negligent in the diagnosis, care and treatment of May.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages, noting that May’s eight-year old daughter Mia Eden May-Maimon has been “traumatized” by the loss of her mother.

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The estate had previously sought a settlement from the chiropractor.

In October, the estate’s lawyer, Ronald Richards, told TheWrap that he had contacted a legal representative for the chiropractor and planned to submit a demand to the chiropractor’s insurer.

“The coroner’s report takes the unusual but definitive step of concluding the chiropractor’s treatment was the cause and fact of Katie May’s death,” Richards told TheWrap. “We have been in contact with a legal representative for the chiropractor and expect to submit a demand shortly with the chiropractor’s insurance carrier. We are hopeful that the chiropractor will want to resolve the matter to avoid further injury to all parties to this unfortunate tragedy.”

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However, Richards told TheWrap on Wednesday that the estate was forced to file the complaint because the insurance company refused to attend a mediation that it had agreed to.

“We have always tried to settle this case within policy limits. The carrier is trying to force a young girl to re live the loss of her mother so they can procure a lower settlement. We have simply tried to secure for Mia a college fund and move on,” Richards said. “Instead of saving their insured and our client and her mother’s estate the pain of this litigation, they choose to force the issue. The result is the suit is now public and the chiropractor is exposed to a lot more damages then the policy.”

The Los Angeles County coroner determined that May’s death in February 2016 was caused by “infarction of the brain due to vertebral artery dissection due to blunt force injury of of neck. Initial reports are of an injury of the neck resulting in neck pain for which she sought treatment at Back to Health Wellness Center.”

An autopsy report opinion dated Oct.21 noted that, after receiving treatment on Feb. 1, May complained of “dizziness, headache and weakness.” May was admitted to Cedars Sinai Hospital and subsequently suffered a stroke despite treatment.

May tweeted on Jan. 29 that she had pinched “a nerve in my neck on a photoshoot and got adjusted this morning,” adding that she was returning to the chiropractor.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

Dani Mathers’ Snapchat Scandal and 7 Other Playboy Playmate Controversies (Photos)

  • Dani Mathers — the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year who’s currently under criminal investigation after photographing a nude woman at her gym and posting it on Snapchat — is the latest Playmate to make shocking headlines, but she’s hardly the first.

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  • After serving as Playboy’s 1968 Playmate of the Year using the name Angela Dorian, Victoria Vetri went on to appear in movies such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.” Later, she would go on to receive a nine-year sentence for attempted voluntary manslaughter for shooting and wounding her husband during an argument.

  • Tanya Beyer was Playboy’s Miss February 1992. She took a much less glamorous picture for her mug shot years later, after being arrested for trafficking in oxycodone.

  • The entire public life of Anna Nicole Smith (Playboy’s 1993 Playmate of the Year) seemed to be one long controversy, from the battle over her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall’s fortune to her death in 2007 at age 39.

  • Sibling models Kristina and Karissa Shannon shared Playmate honors in Playboy’s combined 2009 “summer issue.” However, the two Playmates almost became inmates when they were charged with felony aggravated assault stemming from a fight at a house party. Luckily for them they received probation.

  • Perhaps not so much a controversy as a tragedy, Playboy’s 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten was murdered that same year, at age 20, by her estranged manager/husband Paul Snider. Her story inspired two movies, “Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story” and “Star 80.”

  • Playboy’s 50th anniversary Playmate Colleen Shannon loved her boyfriend so much that she smuggled him into the U.S. from Canada. She was sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty.

  • After scoring Playmate of the Month honors in December 2009, Crystal Hefner (nee Harris) became engaged to Playboy boss Hugh Hefner in 2010. Apparently those wedding bells began to hit some bum notes, and she broke off the engagement in 2011, just days before they were to be wed. The abrupt about-face prompted Playboy to slap stickers reading “Runaway Bride” on the July issue of Playboy, which featured her on the cover. The good news? The pair reunited and married for real in 2012.

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