Niece Waidhofer, a model with a big following on social media, died by suicide at age 31, her family confirmed.
Waidhofer died in Houston “after a long battle with mental health issues,” family members told TMZ in a report published Thursday.
“She was very open with her followers about her struggles, even wanting to help followers who also suffered,” her family said.
Authorities found Waidhofer’s body during a welfare check last month, according to TMZ.
The influencer had more than 4 million followers on Instagram.
“Niece was more than her struggles,” the family said in its statement. 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.”
“Peace from Niece,” a charity supporting mental health research and awareness, will be set up in remembrance of Waidhofer, according to TMZ.