Daisy Coleman, who appeared in the 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” has died, reports TMZ. She was 23.
Her mother Melinda told TMZ she died by suicide on Tuesday night, noting that her body was found after the concerned mom requested police do a welfare check.
Melinda shared, "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!"
Daisy’s death comes just a few weeks after the one-year anniversary of her brother Tristan’s death. He was killed in a car crash at 19 in July 2019.
“Audrie & Daisy” explores the fallout surrounding two different rape cases involving underage girls. Daisy was allegedly raped at a Missouri house party in 2012 after being given alcohol. She was just 14. No one was convicted.
Her mother told TMZ, "She never recovered from what those boys did to her, and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone."
The other subject, Audrie Pott, was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2012 in California. She committed suicide 10 days later.
Coleman was the co-founder of SafeBAE, which aimed to end sexual assault among middle and high school students.
The non-profit tweeted, “As all of our supporters know, Daisy has fought for many years to both heal from her assault and prevent future sexual violence among teens. She was our sister in this work and much of the driving force behind it… We are shattered and shocked by her passing from suicide. She had been in EMDR therapy for 2 years, working on her triggers and healing from the many traumas in her life. She had many coping demons and had been facing and overcoming them all, but as many of you know, healing is not a straight path or any easy one. She fought longer and harder than we will ever know. But we want to be mindful of all the young survivors who looked up to her. Please know that above ALL ELSE, she did this work for you.”
The statement continued, “She loved talking to young people about changing the culture and taking care of one another. Much of her healing came from each of you. She was so proud of the work we’ve done and loved seeing so many fierce young activists push for change in their schools and among their friends. She would want young survivors to know they are heard, they matter, they are loved, and there are places for them to get the help they need. And she would want everyone else — peer allies, educators, parents, legislators, religious leaders — to come together to help stop sexual violence and help save teen lives.”
The organization has vowed to continue her legacy. Learn more about their work at SafeBAE.org.