Model Niece Waidhofer dies aged 31 after long battle with mental health issues

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Instagram influencer Niece Waidhofer has passed away at the age of 31 after a "long battle with mental health issues", her family explained.

The blonde bombshell – who often used her platform to spread awareness on advocacy in mental health – took her own life last month.

She was found dead in her home in the heart of Houston after a worried family member called for a welfare check to be sent to her property.

Niece – who boasted a whopping 4.2million followers on social media – regularly updated her loyal legion of fans about her battle with her mental health struggles and often promoted therapy to those in need online.

On Thursday (June 23), her grieving family told TMZ that the influencer – who rose to stardom back in 2015 after she kickstarted the popular 'Roast Me' trend on Reddit – took her own life due to her battle with mental health.

A relative told the outlet: "Sadly, Niece took her own life after a long battle with mental health issues.

"She was very open with her followers about her struggles, even wanting to help followers who also suffered."

Last month, her adoring fans started to raise their concerns for the starlet after she wiped her social media of nearly all of her photos and videos, with only three posts remaining on her accounts.

As the news of her passing began to circulate online, her adoring fans flooded to Reddit to share their condolences to her friends and family.

On her final post – a selfie taken back in a car on March 25 – users shared their heartfelt messages online.

One user penned: "RIP to Niece The strong ones who offer to help and advise also need help and advice. Life is happening to everyone. Rest In Peace."

Another added: "It appears she passed away. My condolences to her family & friends, she will be missed. Her last Instagram pic as a tribute to her."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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