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.”