Officials: Former Playboy model died after injury sustained during chiropractic visit

Katie May (CNN photo)

LOS ANGELES (WCMH)–Los Angeles officials say a former Playboy model may have died as a result of an injury caused by a chiropractor who manipulated her neck.

Katie May died in February, several days after a visit with her chiropractor. The Los Angeles County Coroner said the official cause of death was vertebral artery dissection–a tear in one of the arteries leading to the brain.

TMZ obtained a copy of May’s death certificate, which says she died when blunt force trauma tore her left vertebral artery.

It says the injury was sustained during a “neck manipulation by chiropractor.” Her death is listed as accidental.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed this information with PEOPLE. 

May’s father Joe spoke with KABC this week. He said he wants to make sure something similar does not happen to any one else.

“I would tell any guy or girl who goes to a doctor – and I’ve told them – don’t touch my neck,” he said to the station. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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