Model and influencer Niece Waidhofer takes her own life aged 31

Instagram influencer and model Niece Waidhofer who had publicly battled with mental health issues commits suicide aged 31: Cops found her dead in her Houston home after worried relative called for a welfare check

  • Renowned Instagram influencer Niece Waidhofer – who often used her platform to spread awareness on advocacy in mental health – died by suicide last month
  • Waidhofer, who also had a career as a model, was found in her home Houston
  • Family said the influencer – rose to fame in 2015 after starting the ‘Roast Me’ trend on Reddit – took her own life as a result of struggles with her mental health
  • Waidhofer – who had amassed 4.2 million followers on Instagram – regularly posted reels and other content that discussed her battle with mental health
  • Last month, she scrubbed her social media of nearly all her photos and videos, leaving only three posts behind – sparking rumors that she had taken her life
  • Those rumors were confirmed Thursday by police and the woman’s family

Renowned Instagram influencer Niece Waidhofer – who often used her platform to spread awareness on advocacy in mental health – has died by suicide, it has been revealed.

Waidhofer, who also had a career as a model, was found in her home Houston sometime last month, cops said Thursday, after a concerned family member called for a welfare check on the star.

Waidhofer – who had amassed 4.2 million followers on Instagram – regularly posted reels and other content where she openly discussed her mental health struggles.

She was 31.

Renowned Instagram influencer Niece Waidhofer – who often used her platform to spread awareness on advocacy in mental health – has died by suicide, it has been revealed

Family told TMZ Monday that the influencer – who rose to fame in 2015 after starting the popular ‘Roast Me’ trend on Reddit – took her own life as a result of struggles with her mental health.

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

They added: ‘She was very open with her followers about her struggles, even wanting to help followers who also suffered.’

Early last month, Waidhofer – who had amassed 4.2 million followers on Instagram, where she regularly posted reels and other content – scrubbed her social media of nearly all her photos and videos, leaving only three posts behind.

Family told TMZ Monday that the influencer - who rose to fame in 2015 after starting the popular 'Roast Me' trend on Reddit - took her own life as a result of struggles with her mental health

Family told TMZ Monday that the influencer – who rose to fame in 2015 after starting the popular ‘Roast Me’ trend on Reddit – took her own life as a result of struggles with her mental health

The move raised some concerns from her fanbase, with rumors swirling on Reddit as early as last month that she had taken her life.

‘RIP to Niece Waidhofer,’ one user wrote in one post on May 28 that shared one of the star’s remaining photos – a selfie taken in March.

‘It appears she passed away,’ the user wrote. ‘My condolences to her family & friends, she will be missed. Her last Instagram pic as a tribute to her. ‘

Her family said they would be establishing a non-profit organization for mental health awareness in Waidhofer’s memory, which would work to provide grants for mental illness research.

Waidhofer, who also had a career as a model, was found in her home Houston sometime last month, cops said Thursday, after a concerned family member called for a welfare check

Waidhofer, who also had a career as a model, was found in her home Houston sometime last month, cops said Thursday, after a concerned family member called for a welfare check

However, relatives said the late star was more than just her mental health struggles – saying she took pride in the fact she wrote all of her Instagram posts herself, and shot the majority of her photos and videos without a professional photographer.

Niece was more than her struggles, ‘her family told the outlet. ‘She was beautiful and kind, sensitive and funny, creative and talented, generous and compassionate, thoughtful and challenging.’

‘While it is so very painful to say goodbye, we take comfort knowing she is reunited with her father, her three grandparents, her Uncle Rusty, and her beloved Puff; and that she is now free to be herself and, finally, at peace. ‘

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