A fourth-generation farmer named Caitlyn Loane, who posted popular TikTok clips capturing her action-packed rural lifestyle, took her own life at age 19 after posting a haunting final video.
“Words cannot describe our loss,” Australia-based Loane’s family said in a statement on their daughter’s death by suicide, the Daily Mail reported.
A pioneer for women in agriculture, the young cowgirl had worked as a livestock manager on her parents’ 600-acre ranch in Tasmania, which Loane planned to manage when she was older, news reported .com.au. The country girl documented her daily routine – which ranged from treating sick heifers to showcasing her latest country couture – to her more than 51,000 followers on TikTok.
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The haunting final video before Loane’s death, which currently has over 170,000 views, featured a photo montage of the life of the pioneer farmer on a song asking “how far would you drive for the girl of your dreams?” ” In the caption, she wrote “what if you go to Tasmania?”
Loane’s family said they were devastated by his loss.
“She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family,” said her grieving father, Phillip Loane.
The teenager’s mother, Richele, said “her daughter’s smile lit up the room” and that she “wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.”
Last month, Loane opened up about her agrarian career path at TasWeekend during Agfest Tasmania, where the youngster was supervising young cattle judges, the Daily Mail reported.
“In 2018, I realized that school wasn’t giving me the skills and experience I needed, so I applied to Sunday Creek Cattle Station in the Northern Territory so that I could gain experience and learn more, ”Loane said at the time. . “Up there, the properties are huge and they congregate with helicopters and on horseback. “
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She added: “It was character building and I had to adopt a great work ethic which I apply to my own business here at home.”
Friends also mourned his tragic death.
“Oh how my heart hurts to know that you’ve all left us, the bright, bubbly, beautiful but crazy girl,” a grieving classmate wrote on Facebook. “I will never forget the good times and the memories we have together.”
A local sports club to which Loane belonged also paid tribute: “It is with deep sadness and regret that Devonport Football Club recognizes the sudden passing of one of our players, Caitlyn Loane.”
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The grief spread across social media with crowds of fans sending their condolences.
“Sad day for Tassie TikTok,” wrote a bewildered fan on Loane’s moving final video edit. “Your bright light will be missed. Rip.”
“Rest in peace, sweetheart. You were too good for this world,” said another.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can get 24/7 help from the National Suicide Hotline, 800-273-8255.
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