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Ashley Massaro passes away at 39 years old

Former WWE Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro has passed away at the age of 39.

Both The Blast and TMZ reported this afternoon that a rescue call came from her home in Smithtown, New York at 5:23 a.m Thursday morning. Massaro was then transported to a nearby hospital where she passed away later that morning.

According to the reports, officials did not say what the cause of death was other than it was “non-criminal”.

Massaro, who had done modeling work and won Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002, entered and won the 2005 Diva Search, beating Leyla Milani in the finals. She first appeared on Raw, feuding with the likes of Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson and Mickie James. She later moved to the SmackDown roster where she managed the team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick. She also posed for Playboy magazine in 2007.

After a brief stint back on Raw, Massaro was released from her contract in July 2008. She had said at the time that she requested her release due to her child being sick.

Massaro later joined a lawsuit against the WWE in 2016, claiming that she was sexually assaulted during an overseas tour and alleged that she did not get proper care for concussions that she had suffered.

During her WWE run, she appeared on the fifteenth season of Survivor, but was voted out second.