Irish model KATY FRENCH has died just days after celebrating her 24th birthday. French collapsed at a pal's party in the early hours of Sunday (02Dec07) morning, and was rushed to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Ireland, where she was put on a life support machine. The model's friends and family had been keeping a bedside vigil since the incident, but French's family issued a statement on Thursday (06Dec07) to confirm she had passed away. French's family thanked the public for their letters and prayers of support since the 24-year-old's collapse. The statement reads, "It gave us strength and helped Katy so much. Although we did not get our yearned-for miracle, all the expressions of love you sent her were powerfully healing in different ways." Police in Ireland are reported to have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding French's death. As well as being a catwalk star, French was famous in her native Ireland for her outspoken views on controversial issues, such as abortion and drug use.