Former WWE star Ashley Massaro, who also competed on "Survivor" and posed for Playboy, died last Thursday, May 16, and TMZ now reports her cause of death.
The outlet says that Massaro was found hanging unconscious in an apparent suicide inside her Suffolk County, New York, home, and was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital nearby. TMZ cites "multiple sources connected with the situation."
Massaro's death at age 39 is reportedly being classified as "non-criminal" by authorities.
Massaro is survived by her one daughter, Alexa, who was born in 2000.
Ashley Massaro before her passing
Ashley Massaro before her passing
Ashley Massaro during Ashley Massaro Autographs the April Issue of "Playboy" at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square at Virgin Megastore Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)
Ashley Massaro during The CW Winter TCA All Star Party- Arrivals at Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Ashley Massaro attends day 2 of Chiller Theatre Expo on October 24, 2015 in Parsippany NJ, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
TODAY ONLY I will be signing at @chillertheatre in Parsippany NJ- I start at 10am get there early you don’t want to miss out! See you punx there! PS training is going great guys! Can’t wait to show you next week a clip of me training at @nywcwrestling #bosslady #ladyboss #everydayimhustling #wontstopcantstop #thefutureisbright #womenswrestling
My biffle @rochelleloewen.fit and I ending our trip to Wrestlecon and Skyroom Activities! Had THE best time ever and a lot of it was due to meeting one of the most positive spirits Ive ever met in my life-very grateful and blessed to know her! Next show up is Chiller Theatre I just don’t have a table there yet-if you do have a table you wouldn’t mind sharing hit me on the dm! See you punks soon! If not In Pennsylvania then on to @starrcastevents in Las Vegas in May!
🤷🏼♀️ no caption - you caption this!? Let’s see what ya got best one gets a shoutout!
😽🐰 selfie here in my official bunny suit! #playboy #playboymagazine #playboyplaymate
Happy 80k followers!!! Yay! Now onto 100k we go! Tag your friends to follow!! #beachday #boat #ocean #funtimes
Backstage outtake getting ready this morning for my newest photoshoot today! Yes I totally made a mess in the bathroom lol-my stuff always explodes haha-We already got some great stuff so I can’t wait to show you once they’re published! #photoshoot #model #lingerie #outtake #behindthescenes
Candid shot from my Playboy party I was hosting on Halloween! Got my tough bunny face on lol Happy Easter!!! 🐣🐰🐇 #Playboy #bunny
#throwbackthursday it was a good day, I just won the Smackdown bikini contest! I have the worst memory ever but I remember this night! #goodtimes #ashleymassaro #wwe #smackdown #bikini #sillystuff but fun!
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"I wish I could have gotten more recent pictures," her daughter said in a tribute she posted to her late mother on Instagram upon news of her passing. . "I love you Mommy I want to wake up in your arms more than anything I want to give u a big hug please come back this can't be real."
Massaro competed on "Survivor: China" in 2007 and was voted off in the season's second episode. Two years earlier, she had won the WWE's "Raw Diva Search.
WWE released an official statement in response to her passing on its website last week.
"We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro," it read. "She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends."