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    Playboy Playmate Cassandra Lynn Hensley Dead at 34

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    UPDATE: A representative for Cassandra Hensley's family told E! News in a statement: "It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Cassandra Hensley's passing from a tragic and accidental overdose. We are all very grateful for the outpouring of support from friends, family, and fans. During this time, we ask for respect and privacy as arrangements are made to celebrate the life of a wonderful and loving mother, wife and friend."

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    Cassandra Lynn Hensley, Playboy magazine's Miss February 2006, is dead at age 34.

    The L.A. coroner's office confirmed to E! News that a friend found the model unresponsive in a bathtub on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

    The friend performed CPR while the paramedics responded. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive Cassandra and she was pronounced dead.

    The cause of death is pending an autopsy, which may be completed as soon as Thursday afternoon. (TMZ, who was first to report the tragic news, claims Cassandra's friend suspected she died of an overdose.)

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    In a December 2013 interview with Metropolitan magazine, Hensley spoke about what she's been up to since her 2006 centerfold appearance. "Yes, there is life after Playboy," she said. "I have been a part of many great experiences: travel shows, magazine covers, and of course giving advice to young impressionable girls who think they need to act a certain way for a chance to be a model (classy not slutty)."

    She told the mag she planned to spend Christmas "at home making chocolate-chip pancakes for the family."

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

    (Originally published Jan. 16, 2014 at 1:16 p.m. PT)

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