Wednesday, July 28

Daisy Coleman’s mom takes own life 4 months after daughter’s suicide – New York Post

The despondent mother of sex-assault advocate Daisy Coleman has taken her own life — four months after her 23-year-old daughter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while on a call with her boyfriend, according to a report.

Melinda Coleman, 58, was found dead Sunday evening, according to The Sun.

“We are in shock and disbelief to share with our SafeBAE family, that we lost Melinda Coleman to suicide,” the sex assault prevention group that Daisy launched announced on Instagram.

“The bottomless grief of losing her husband, Tristan, and Daisy was more than she could face most days,” it said.

“Melinda was a gifted veterinarian, devoted mother and wife, and talented body builder,” SafeBAE continued. “More than anything, she loved and believed in her children.

“It is no accident that she created some of the most gifted, passionate, and resilient children. Out hearts are forever with Logan & Charlie,” it added, referring to the surviving sons.

Daisy Coleman (left) and Melinda Coleman
Daisy Coleman (left) and Melinda Coleman
Matt Winkelmeyer

“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 at the time.

Daisy, one of the subjects of the 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” died by suicide in August. Her body was found after her mother asked police to conduct a welfare check.

“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! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

Melinda’s death is the latest tragedy to strike the family after Daisy’s brother Tristan died in a car crash in June 2018. Her husband also died in a car crash when the Netflix star was a child, according to The Sun.

Daisy Coleman
Daisy Coleman
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Daisy was raped at a party in Maryville, Missouri, in January 2012, when she was 14 years old. She was harassed online and at school after the rape, which made national headlines.

Her attacker was never convicted.  

“Audrie & Daisy” detailed Coleman and Audrie Pott’s experiences with sexual assault and how their families coped with the trauma. The movie, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Daisy, also worked as a model and tattoo artist, spent months living in fear of a stalker was trying to get into her Colorado home — and had filed a harassment complaint just hours before her suicide.

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