‘Catfish’ Subject Ashley Sawyer May Have Died of a Drug Overdose, Police Say

Ashley Sawyer, who was featured on the MTV series Catfish, may have died of a drug overdose, police say.

According to the Associated Press, authorities in Alabama responded to a call about a woman in medical distress on Saturday, April 30. Sawyer, 23, died later that day. Hoover Police Lt. Charles McDonald believes that Sawyer's death might have been drug-related.

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"We are investigating, but early indicators are this was possibly related to a drug overdose, possibly heroin," McDonald told the AP, noting that an official cause of death won't be confirmed until toxicology tests are complete.

Sawyer appeared on Catfish in season 2 in 2013. During her episode, she told cohost Nev Schulman about her weight struggles and finally met her online crush, Michael Fortunato, in person. (Fortunato passed away at age 26 of a pulmonary embolism that same year.) In a recent Catfish catch-up special, Sawyer said that she was staying in a sober-living facility.

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Sawyer's sister Jessica Ross opened up about her sibling's passing on Monday. "We had a great relationship. I know she knows how much I loved her and she loved me, and I am so sad that she’s gone. She was so funny, she could make me laugh on my absolute worst day," Ross told MTV News. "She was just a really fun person to be around."

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Ross noted that Sawyer had been living in Alabama alone and working at Panera at the time of her death. Additionally, her sister recently completed a recovery program.

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