Cousin Waidhofer dead: Model dies by suicide at age 31, family pays tribute

Model and influencer niece Waidhofer has passed away at the age of 31 (Photo: Instagram)

Model cousin Waidhofer has passed away at the age of 31.

The influencer, who has amassed millions of followers on Instagram, died by suicide at her home in Houston, her family confirms.

“Unfortunately, niece committed suicide after a long battle with mental health issues,” they told TMZ.

“She was very open to her followers about her struggles and even wanted to help followers who were also suffering.

Niece was more than her struggle. She was beautiful and kind, sensitive and funny, creative and talented, generous and compassionate, thoughtful and challenging.

“While it is so painful to say goodbye, we take comfort in the knowledge that she has been reunited with her father, her three grandparents, her Uncle Rusty and her beloved Puff; and that she is now free to be herself and at last at peace.’

In her honor they now set up a non-profit organization called ‘Peace from Niece’.

Through the charity, they hope to raise awareness about mental health issues and provide grants for research.

Speaking of Waidhofer’s death, law enforcement officials told the publication they had received a call from a concerned relative last month to check on her — and discovered her body near the property.

The late star sparked concern early last month when she reportedly scrubbed her social media page, leaving just three photos.

The posts visible include an engagement photo originally posted in June 2015 and a video of Waidhofer dancing with her dog.

Her latest upload to the platform was a selfie from March this year, where she posed in a car.

“Maybe interesting: Blonde is actually my natural color, I’ve been living a lie all these years,” she captioned the photo, which has received more than 69,000 likes to date.

“Once you go black, paint your blonde roots with mascara every time they grow out, until you go back.”

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