06 August 2020 12:42
Daisy Coleman, one of the subjects of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, has died. The 23-year-old took her own life on Tuesday (August 4), according to her mother Melinda Coleman. Daisy Coleman's body was found after her mother asked police to conduct a welfare check, reports Variety. "She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I can't," her mother wrote on Facebook.
She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it's just not fair. My baby girl is gone." Audrie & Daisy detailed Coleman and Audrie Pott's experiences with sexual assault, and how their families coped with the trauma and subsequent rejection from Coleman's community. The documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Coleman alleged that she was assaulted at a party in January 2012 when she was 14 by 17-year-old Matthew Barnett. Barnett was charged with sexual assault, but the case was eventually dropped.
Advertisement He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child endangerment. Pott also took her own life in September 2012 just days after she was sexually assaulted. Coleman helped co-found the SafeBae (Before Anyone Else) nonprofit organisation to help prevent sexual assault in schools. In a statement, SafeBae said the team was "shattered and shocked by her passing". It added: "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." The statement went on to say that she had worked to help young survivors, and would want them "to know they are heard, they matter, they are loved, and there are places for them to get the help they need". For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN. DAISY Coleman's family are mourning the loss of her life after she sadly passed away aged 23. The tragic star shot to fame when she featured in Netflix's documentary Audrie and Daisy. 3 Daisy Coleman has sadly passed away Credit: Instagram Who was Daisy Coleman? Daisy was a 23-year-old from Missouri in the US. She was commended for her bravery when she appeared in the 2016 Netflix's documentary Audrie and Daisy - Audrie sadly passed away in 2012 after committing suicide. The doc followed her and her family dealing with the trauma of her alleged rape at a house party. Daisy's experience as a sexual assault survivor prompted her to create the sexual assault prevention organisation SafeBAE (or Safe Before Anyone Else). 3 Daisy appeared in the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie and Daisy Credit: Netflix What happened to Daisy Coleman? Daisy alleged she was raped at a party in Maryville, Missouri in 2012, when she was just 14 years old while another boy recorded the encounter on his phone. For hours following the attack, she was left outside in just a T-shirt in freezing temperatures. Her alleged assailant, then-19-year-old Matthew Barnett, the grandson of a former Republican state representative, was arrested and charged with felony sexual assault, which was later dropped and led to a lesser, misdemeanor charge of endangerment of a minor. He was ultimately sentenced to four months in jail, which was commuted to just two years probation, and was forced to pay $1,800 (£1,3000) to Daisy in restitution. After Daisy's allegation was made public, she said she was relentlessly bullied at school, leading her to attempt suicide when she was 16 years old 3 Daisy created her own sexual assault prevention organisation Credit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in TV & Showbiz HEEL NO! Katie Price given 'devastating news' about broken feet from surgeon MUM'S AGONY Will Young's mum pays tribute to star's tragic twin Rupert with touching pics SPECS APPEAL Chloe Sims looks very different in glasses as she arrives to film Towie 'HOW MUCH HAVE YOU HAD?' This Morning's Ruth Langsford tells off 'drunk' Eamonn Holmes BRANN NEW EastEnders fans confused as classic Lauren Branning episode airs MAISIE'S GAFF EastEnders Maisie Smith gives tour of her home as she boozes with her mum When did Daisy Coleman die? According to her mother, Melinda, Daisy took her own life on August 4, 2020 TMZ reported. "She was my best friend and amazing daughter," Melinda said in a Facebook post. "I think she had to make it seem like I could live with out her. I wish I could have taken the pain from her!" Daisy's body was recovered after her mother called police asking them to do a welfare check.