Shock for fans as social media influencer with millions of followers dies by suicide

Model Niece Waidhofer has died, aged 31.

The influencer, who amassed millions of followers on Instagram, died by suicide at her home in Houston, her family confirmed.

‘Sadly, Niece took her own life after a long battle with mental health issues,’ they told TMZ.

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

‘Niece was more than her struggles. 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.’

They will now be setting up a non-profit organization in her honor, named ‘Peace from Niece’.

Through the charity, they are hoping to provide awareness for mental health issues, and offer grants for research.