Published October 29, 2009
Fans are mourning a 19-year-old folk musician who died this week after being attacked by two coyotes in her native Canada.
Taylor Mitchell of Toronto reportedly was hiking by herself Tuesday in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia when the animals attacked.
Another hiker called for help after hearing Mitchell's screams, the Ottawa Citizen reported. Police responded and had the singer flown to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries Wednesday.
Park officials killed one of the coyotes in question and sent its body for testing to try to determine what caused the animals to attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The incident is very out of character for the normally shy animals, but the park had received some reports of aggressive animals in the past, the Times of London reported.
Mitchell was nominated this year for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the "young performer of the year" category and was seen as an up-and-coming artist.
"Your voice is angelic. You were just beginning to spread your wings and fly. Will see you up there sometime. Play on..." one fan wrote.
"Taylor I wish I discovered you sooner. Your music is beautiful. I suspect your soul is also," someone said in another post.
Mitchell was playing on a tour of eastern Canada at the time, the Times of London reported.
"Taylor was a brilliant and beautiful light that people were naturally drawn to," Michael Johnston, who produced her debut CD, "For Your Consideration," told the paper. "She was so young and talented — her big dreams were a perfect match with her big, kind heart."