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Cassandra Lynn's Death

Cassandra Lynn

The life and death of Cassandra Lynn Hensley:

Her nickname was Butterfly and not just because she was great to look at. She had no less than five butterfly tattoos, and she wasn't shy about showing them off. Her modeling career went beyond traditional ads to the pages of Playboy magazine, where she was Playmate of the Month in February, 2006. However, she died young and unexpectedly of an apparent drug overdose.

Her professional name was borrowed from her name at birth: Cassandra Lynn Jensen. She was born in Price, Utah and grew up in Huntington and Ferron, Utah as a little girl. She and her mother moved to Salt Lake City and she participated in competitive diving in high school.

When she turned 18, Cassandra left Utah and moved to California, where she opened a tanning salon.

She also launched her career as a bikini model…

Cassandra Lynn in a bikini

…and placed high in a Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil project.

That led to her work at Playboy…

Cassandra Lynn with Hugh Hefner

…seen here with founder Hugh Hefner and some of her butterfly body art on her back.

Cassandra Lynn modeling for sprint and nextel

She also modeled for Sprint and Nextel.

However, it all ended way too soon at the age of 34. A resident of Fairfax Virginia, Cassandra was found dead, floating in the bathtub of a friend's home in Marina del Rey, an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles.

While toxicology tests were conducted, authorities said she died on an apparent overdose after binging on cocaine and champagne.

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