Daisy Coleman, Star of Netflix Doc ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ Dies by Suicide at 23

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Daisy Coleman, one of the subjects of the 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” died by suicide on Tuesday, according to her mother, Melinda. Coleman was 23.

Coleman’s body was found after her mother asked police to conduct a welfare check. “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 movie, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

“My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight. If you saw crazy / messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her,” Melinda wrote on Facebook. “She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

Coleman was raped at a party in Maryville, Mo., in January 2012, when she was 14 years old. Her perpetrator was never convicted. She was harassed online and at school after the rape, which made national headlines.

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