Melinda Coleman, mother of actress Daisy Coleman committed suicide on Dec. 6. The sad news broke after four months after Daisy passed away by suicide at the age of 23. The actress was last seen in the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy in 2016.
SafeBAE, the sexual assault prevention organization Daisy co-founded before her death. The organization took Instagram to inform the tragic news on Sunday.
“We are in shock and disbelief to share with our SafeBAE family, that we lost Melinda Coleman to suicide this evening,” the organization wrote on Sunday. “The bottomless grief of losing her husband, [her son,] Tristan, and Daisy was more than she could face most days.”
The shared post addressed Melinda as a “gifted veterinarian, devoted mother and wife, and talented bodybuilder.”
“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. Our hearts are forever with Logan & Charlie,” the post concluded of Melinda’s sons.
“There aren’t enough I love you I could have said when I was holding your cold, broken, dead body,” Melinda wrote alongside photos of Daisy. “I held you like a baby anyway, my baby. The baby I held when you first came into this world. It has always been my greatest honor and joy to be your mother and best friend. Mama bear!”
Daisy was 14 years old when she was sexually assaulted at a house party in Missouri in 2012 under alcohol influence. Melinda shared the news of Daisy’s suicide in an August Facebook post.
“She was my best friend and amazing daughter,” Melinda wrote in part. “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.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).