Twitter sensation and Playboy Model Katie May died in February of 2016, and it has been ruled by the LA County Coroner’s Office that it was caused by “neck manipulation by a chiropractor” as reported by CBS. In January Ms. May went to a chiropractor for what she described as a pinched nerve in one of her last Tweets. Weeks later she died as a result of the chiropractic procedure, which had caused a deadly stroke.

In a study focusing on deaths related to chiropractic adjustments, 26 fatalities have been reported since 1934 attributed to chiropractic manipulation and “the type of complication associated with death frequently related to a vascular accident leading to thrombosis and cerebral infarction”. In an article from 2014, the Washington Post reports:

“The American Chiropractic Association says that “neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke… recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.”