Police in Alabama have released new details about “Catfish” subject Ashley Sawyer’s death, indicating drugs may have played a role.
Hoover Police Lt. Charles McDonald told ABC that authorities received a call about a woman in medical distress at an apartment near Birmingham early Saturday morning.
McDonald added that witnesses tried to perform CPR and first responders used defibrillators and medications.
"We are investigating, but early indicators are this was possibly related to a drug overdose, possibly heroin," McDonald said, explaining that toxicology results are pending.
The 23-year-old’s shocking death comes three years after her online crush, Michael Fortunato, passed away.
When Ashley and Michael met face-to-face for the first time on the show, they realized they had catfished each other for seven years. They remained friends, but Fortunato tragically died from a pulmonary embolism a month after the show aired in 2013. He was 26.
In a follow-up episode of “Catfish,” Sawyer revealed she had struggled with drug addiction.