A popular Australian TikTok star Caitlyn Loane has died at the young age of 19.
Phillip Loane, her father, confirmed her sudden death in a statement to The Mercury this past week, saying: “She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family. Words can’t describe our loss.”
While Caitlyn’s family did not share her cause of death, her father did inform the outlet that “every day should be ‘R U OK?’ Day.”
R U OK? Day is a national day of action in Australia whose goal is to create conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.
Caitlyn garnered a massive following on the social media platform by sharing her life as a Tasmanian farmer. She was a fourth-generation farmer, following after her father.
Her account currently has over 50,000 followers.
“Her smile lit up the room,” her mother Richele Loane told The Mercury. “She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty—in some photos she has mud up to her knees.”
In addition to farming, Caitlyn also loved to play Australian football recreationally. Her team, the Devonport Football Club, posted a statement to its Facebook page as well, grieving her death.
“The Board, the members, players, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters of the Devonport Football Club convey our sincere condolences and warmest thoughts to Caitlyn’s family and friends, which, of course, includes her teammates in the DFC Senior Women’s team,” the club wrote.
“The past week has put into context what really matters in life, and has reminded us all that football, as unifying as it is, is just a game after all. The priority of the Devonport Football Club at present is to provide an empathetic, supportive network to all associated with the club, with particular focus on those most affected by the tragic passing of Caitlyn.”
If you or someone you love is struggling, The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals at 1-800-273-8255.
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness,” according to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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