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Niece Waidhofer, Model and Influencer, Dead at 31

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, which first broke the story, Waidhofer's family said she died by suicide in Houston, Texas. The family also released a statement to saying, «Sadly, Niece took her own life after a long battle with mental health issues.»«She was very open with her followers about her struggles, even wanting to help followers who also suffered,» the statement continued.Following the tragic news, reports a non-profit will be established in Waidhofer's honor and it'll be called «Peace from Niece,» which will benefit mental health awareness and provide grants for mental illness research.Law enforcement sources told the outlet that police got a call from a concerned family member sometime last month and asked that they check on Niece at her Houston home.

According to, police followed through on the welfare check and that's when they discovered her body.A post shared by Niece Waidhofer (@niecewaidhofer)It seems fans knew something was amiss when Waidhofer, who had amassed 4.2 million followers on Instagram alone, wiped out her account and left only three posts, from 2015, 2017 and March 25.

reports that the fan suspicions were right, because Waidhofer nearly wiped out her account in the weeks leading up to her death.«Niece was more than her struggles.

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