Katie May Dies: What Caused Her Stroke?

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As previously reported, the beloved model and "Queen of Snapchat" Katie May died yesterday at the age of 34.

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Following a stroke, May had been in critical condition prior to her passing, prompting many observers to wonder:

What happened to Katie May so tragically and suddenly?

How does someone so young suffer a fatal stroke?

According to TMZ sources, the former Playboy star took a hard fall while taking part in a Los Angeles photo shoot last week.

The incident caused such severe neck pain that May was taken to the hospital and a few hours after seeing a doctor for her injuries.

On Friday, however, the issue remained, causing May to Tweet about it to followers:

"Pinched a nerve in my neck on a photoshoot and got adjusted this morning. It really hurts!"

Tragically, sources believe the 34-year-old model did NOT actually pinch a nerve, but instead tore the carotid artery in her neck.

Physicians told her family members that this tear caused a blood clot ... which broke off and caused her stroke on Monday.

Such a development is known as a carotid artery dissection.

May was taken off life support on Thursday night and passed away while surrounded by loved ones.

We offer them our deepest condolences.

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