Katie Beth May (March 16, 1981 – February 4, 2016) was an American model and businesswoman. Dubbed “The Queen of Snapchat," May was known as a social media star and brand ambassador prior to her death at age 34 of a stroke.
May was a single mother. She cited her daughter as her source of motivation: “I had the most important person in my world, my daughter, to make proud each day and to remind me what I was working towards. Failure was not an option, not putting her in the best school was not an option, not living the lifestyle that I had dreamed of for us was not an option."
May tweeted on January 29, 2016, that she had “pinched a nerve in [her] neck on a photoshoot” and “got adjusted” at a chiropractor. She tweeted on January 31, 2016 that she was “going back to the chiropractor tomorrow.” On the evening of February 1, 2016, May “had begun feeling numbness in a hand and dizzy” and “called her parents to tell them she thought she was going to pass out.” At her family's urging, May went to Cedars Sinai Hospital. S he was found to be suffering a “massive stroke.” According to her father, May “was not conscious when we got to finally see her the next day. We never got to talk to her again.” Life support was withdrawn on February 4, 2016. A coroner's report confirmed that her stroke was the result of the chiropractor's neck adjustment, which tore her left vertebral artery.