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Melinda Coleman Dies by Suicide After Her Daughter, Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman, Took Her Own Life

HeadlineDec 08, 2020

Melinda Coleman, the mother of late sexual assault survivor and advocate Daisy Coleman, died by apparent suicide Sunday — four months after Daisy’s death by suicide. Melinda was 58 years old. Melinda’s passing was announced by the group SafeBAE, a youth-led organization co-founded by Daisy raising awareness on sexual assault in middle and high schools. In a statement, the group said, “The bottomless grief of losing her husband, Tristan, and Daisy was more than she could face most days.” Melinda’s son Tristan was killed in a car crash two years ago.

In 2016, Democracy Now! interviewed Melinda at the Sundance Film Festival, where Daisy described her harrowing experience with sexual assault in the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy.”

Melinda Coleman: “I’m really proud of her. I think she’s been incredibly strong. And I just think she’s a great person, and I’m so happy she’s in my life. And she’s my hero.”

Click here to see our full interview with Melinda and Daisy Coleman.

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