Daisy Coleman, featured in the Netflix documentary “Audrie and Daisy” has died by suicide. She was 23.
Daisy’s mother, Melinda, confirmed the sad news on Tuesday night while speaking with TMZ. Melinda says that the authorities discovered Daisy’s body after she called them to do a welfare check on her daughter.
Melinda took to Facebook to share the heartbreaking news about losing her daughter. “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda wrote. “If you saw crazy / messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her.”
She then described her special relationship with Daisy. “[Daisy] was my best friend and amazing daughter,” Melinda said. “I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t.”
Melinda laments not being able to help Daisy completely recover from the assault. “I wish I could have taken the pain from her!”
In conclusion, Melinda writes in her Facebook post about Daisy’s struggle to find healing. “She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair,” Melinda writes. “My baby girl is gone.”
Daisy Coleman: Netflix’s Film About Her Story
Netflix documentary “Audrie and Daisy” details Coleman and Audrie Pott’s experiences with sexual assault. The Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk directed feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. The film offers a look inside the families’ attempts to handle the traumatic experience and how the community treated them after the assaults.
In January 2012, Coleman was raped at a party in Maryville, Missouri. She was 14 years old at the time. State officials never convicted Coleman’s perpetrator. Following the assault, Coleman found herself on the receiving end of harassment online and at school.
Coleman attended Missouri Valley College. While there, she co-founded SafeBAE. The organization helps sexual assault survivors cope with the trauma of their experiences. Furthermore, SafeBAE aims to end sexual assault of middle and high school students.
Audrie Pott survived an assault in Saratoga, California in September 2012. However, she died by suicide 10 days thereafter.