And here’s some news that is sadness wrapped in awfulness and stuffed with more sadness. Playboy model and the “Queen of Snapchat,” Katie May, died at the age of 34 last February after suffering a stroke caused by a blocked artery. The Los Angeles County Coroner did an autopsy to figure out what exactly happened to her. Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells People that they have ruled that Katie’s death was caused by a chiropractor session gone horrifically wrong. During a “neck manipulation” by Katie’s chiropractor, her left vertebral artery was torn, which stopped blood flow to her brain.
During a photo shoot, Katie May fell and thought she pinched a nerve. She asked her Twitter followers if they knew of any home remedies for her pinched nerve, and a couple of days later she tweeted that she was going to the chiropractor. She went to the chiropractor on a Friday. On the following Monday, she suffered a massive stroke. She died just a few days later after her family made the decision to take her off life support. Chief Coroner Ed Winter says that they’ve ruled her death an accident and that this is a first for him.
Her cause of death is listed as “infarction of brain” and has been ruled an accident, Winter says.
“She had some clotting and went to the hospital where they tried to do some procedures but she passed away,” he tells PEOPLE. “I personally have not seen this before.”
Ever since I watched Madonna get a neck adjustment on Truth or Dare, I’ve been slightly paranoid about adjustments and massages. So this awful story may have scared me to the point where I’m going to say, “Oh no, I’m good,” to my hairstylist when she tries to give me a light skull massage during shampoo times.