Daisy Coleman, subject of Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy”, commits suicide at 23

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An advocate for victims of sexual abuse who was the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri died by suicide, according to her mother and a colleague. Melinda Coleman, Daisy Coleman’s mother, announced her daughter’s death Tuesday on Facebook. She was 23 years old.“She was my best friend and amazing daughter,” wrote Melinda Coleman. “I think she must have made it look like I could live without her. I can not. I wish I could have taken the pain away from him! She never got over what those boys did to her and that just isn’t fair. My baby girl is gone. ”

Daisy Coleman was found dead in Denver after her mother called the police to monitor her, said Shael Norris, executive director of SafeBAE, a group Daisy Coleman co-founded to help young victims of sexual assault. Norris said she heard the news from Coleman’s brother.

World Childhood Foundation USA 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Gala 2019
Daisy Coleman speaks onstage during the 2019 World Childhood Foundation USA 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Gala at The Plaza on October 01, 2019 in New York City. Brian Ach / Getty Images pour la World Childhood Foundation

Coleman appeared in a 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” which followed her and her family as they faced her assault and hostile reaction from the community of Maryville to his claims. She admitted in comments online that she had attempted suicide at least twice before.

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