Four months after her daughter Daisy Coleman took her own life, Melinda Coleman died of apparent suicide on Sunday night.
Daisy was a sexual assault survivor and the subject of the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy. After the film was released, Daisy co-founded a youth-led sexual assault intervention organization called SafeBAE and became a fierce advocate for fellow survivors.
In an Instagram post Sunday night, SafeBAE paid tribute to Daisy’s mother, Melinda, as well as Daisy’s surviving brothers, Charlie and Logan. Melinda’s husband died in 2007 and her youngest son, Tristan, died in 2018 — both in car crashes. On August 4, Melinda lost Daisy to suicide.
On December 5, the four-month anniversary of Daisy’s death and the day before her own death, Melinda penned a Facebook post in honor of her daughter. “My baby girl left this world with a broken heart and spirit,” she wrote. “Out of hope and full of despair. She took all her pain and worked to help others.”
“I’d like to challenge everyone to be kind and lift up others in pain, especially sexual assault survivors and those hopeless in this holiday season,” Melinda continued. “Send out light and love and protect each other and I will protect and pray for anyone who needs it. Let’s make this a Daisy Day filled with light, hope and love. Let’s work toward a justice system that stops failing the victims of rape. Let’s fill today with Daisy’s light and love!”
In their Instagram post, SafeBAE stated that, “Melinda was a gifted veterinarian, devoted mother and wife, and talented body builder. 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.”
SafeBAE also added that, “if you are struggling with trauma and depression, you are not alone. There is always help and support available. We are with you.” If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).