Model niece Waidhofer, 31, was found dead at her Houston home.
The Instagram influencer, known for openly telling her followers about her mental health issues, died by suicide, her family said.
“Unfortunately, the niece committed suicide after a long battle with mental health issues,” Waidhofer’s family told TMZ on Thursday.
“She was very open to her supporters’ struggles and even wanted to help supporters who were also suffering,” her family said.
Police reportedly discovered the young model sometime last month during a social investigation. Her family is said to have been concerned after deleting nearly all of her photos and videos from social media, a move that sparked wild speculation in late May from fans that she may be dead.
Waidhofer’s family said they are now planning to launch a nonprofit in her name to raise awareness about mental health.
While she’s never been shy about telling her 4.2 million Instagram followers about her struggles, her loved ones have made it clear they want her to be remembered for more than that.
“The niece is more than just her struggles. She is beautiful and kind, sensitive and funny, creative and talented, generous and compassionate, thoughtful and challenging,” the family said in the statement, adding that she is now ” You are free to be yourself.”
If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.