AceShowbiz - Niece Waidhofer has died. Family of the 31-year-old model-and-influencer, whose body was discovered some time in May after law enforcement officers called to her home in Houston, Texas, to carry out a welfare check, have confirmed she has taken her own life after a "long battle" with mental health issues.
"Sadly, Niece took her own life after a long battle with mental health issue," Niece's family said in a statement given to TMZ. "She was very open with her followers about her struggles. Even wanting to help followers who also suffered."
They, however, are keen for Niece to be remembered for more than just her problems. They added, "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," they went on. "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."
In memory of the model, her loved ones are planning to set up a non-profit organization called "Peace from Niece", which will focus on mental health awareness and providing grants to those working on mental illness research.
The confirmation of Niece's passing came shortly after she concerned fans when she removed almost all of her posts from Instagram, leaving just three posts up. The most recent was from March and was a selfie with the caption, "Mildly interesting: blonde is actually my natural color, I have been living a lies all these years.(sic)"
One of the other posts was her engagement announcement from 2015, and the other a short video clip of her dancing with her dog.