Daisy Coleman

Daisy Coleman and her brother Charlie Coleman attend the World Childhood Foundation USA's 20th Anniversary Thank You Gala 2019 at the Plaza on October 01, 2019 in New York City.

(Meredith) -- Daisy Coleman, a sexual assault survivor who gained fame after being the focus of the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” has died by suicide at age 23.

Coleman’s mother Melinda shared the news on Facebook on Tuesday, saying her daughter died by suicide.

"My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight," Melinda Coleman wrote. "If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. 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."

Daisy was 14 when she said she was raped by Matthew Barnett, a fellow teenager in her small Missouri hometown, in 2012.

The 2016 documentary “Audrie & Daisy” focused on Daisy’s sexual assault and the trauma she dealt with afterward. Daisy alleged that after the rape, she was left intoxicated, wearing only a T-shirt, for hours outside her home in below-freezing temperatures.

Barnett was charged with felony sexual assault, but it was later dropped. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge (child endangerment) and claimed the sex with Daisy was consensual. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Daisy came under intense backlash and scrutiny for her claims against Barnett. The Netflix documentary shows relentless bullying she suffered after the alleged rape, both online and in person.

Daisy attempted suicide multiple times in the past before she became an advocate for other sexual assault survivors.

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