Documentary subject and activist Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at the age of 23.
While alive, Coleman shared her experience as a rape survivor and the subsequent abuse and cyberbullying she endured as a result of coming forward in the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy.
Her mother, Melinda confirmed the sad news in an interview with TMZ, adding that she cannot bear the loss.
“She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her,” she said.
According to Melinda, her daughter never recovered from the rape incident which happened when she was just 14 years at a house party in Missouri in 2012.
“She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. It hurts so much to know that my baby girl is gone,” she added.
Before her death, she was known for starring in the Netflix 2016 documentary ‘Audrie and Daisy’. Also, last year, her family suffered from the loss of her younger brother who was killed in a car accident.
Below is her last post on Instagram before she passed on;
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I’ve been pretty quiet the last few days. And before I write the rest of this post, I want to apologize for that. I whole heartedly believe that white silence is violence. But I have reasoning behind my actions. This past winter, I visited Jackson, Wyoming and I became incredibly inspired by some of the things I saw and heard from the people I spoke to; especially when I visited the middle school class and a majority of the class room was children of color who had already experienced harasssment and racism at extremely young ages. These courageous kids caught this all on their cell phones and taught me something about the power of social media in the times of injustices. I cried to my executive director that night after watching Roll Red Roll on Netflix. I was frustrated because time after time, people of color and their voices are not being heard. (Not to discredit roll red roll, it’s a great film and sheds a lot of light on rape culture) Their cries have constantly fallen on deaf ears. I was given this platform for a reason and if I can use my purpose to uplift voices of the unheard, then you know damn well I’m going to do that. With that being said, I’m now extremely proud to introduce you all to @safe_bae new board members; who are all badass women of color. I took a few days to give them some time to put quotes together that I would like to share with you all now. This is a year for change. I’m beyond proud to be able to have these women be a huge part in that change. Photo cred for my sign photo goes to @notyouraveragemonet
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