A fourth-generation farmer named Caitlyn Loane, who posted popular TikTok clips capturing her action-packed rural lifestyle, took her own life at 19 after posting a haunting final video.
"Words can’t describe our loss," Loane’s Australia-based family said in a statement about their daughter’s death by suicide, the Daily Mail reported.
A trailblazer for women in agriculture, the young cowgirl had worked as a livestock manager at her parent’s 600-hectare cattle farm in Tasmania, which Loane planned to run when she was older, news.com.au reported. The country gal documented her day-to-day routine — which ranged from treating sick heifers to showcasing her latest country couture — to her more than 51,000 followers on TikTok.
The haunting final video before Loane died, which currently boasts over 170k views, depicted a photo montage of the pioneering farmer’s life set to a song asking "how far would you drive for the girl of your dreams?" In the caption, she wrote "how about to Tasmania?"
Loane’s family said they were devastated by her loss.
"She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family," said her bereaved father Phillip Loane.
The teen’s mother Richele said her daughter’s "smile lit up the room" and that she "wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty."
Just this past month, Loane opened up about her agrarian career path to TasWeekend during Agfest Tasmania, where the youngster was overseeing 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 the Sunday Creek Cattle Station, in the Northern Territory, so I could gain experience and learn more," Loane said at the time. "Up there the properties are huge and they muster with helicopters and on horseback."
She added, "It was character building and I had to adopt a great work ethic which I apply to my own enterprise here at home."
Friends also mourned her tragic death.
"Oh how my heart hurts to know you have left us all, the bright, bubbly, beautiful but crazy girl," wrote a bereaved classmate on Facebook. "I will never ever forget the fond moments and memories we have together."
A local sports club that Loane belonged to also paid tribute: "It is with deep sadness and regret that the Devonport Football Club acknowledges the sudden passing of one of our female players, Caitlyn Loane."
The grief rippled out to social media with throngs of fans sending their condolences.
"Sad day for Tassie TikTok," wrote one crestfallen fan on Loane’s moving final video montage. "Your bright light will be missed. Rip."
"Rest in peace, beautiful. You were too good for this world," said another.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can get help 24/7 from the National Suicide Hotline, 800-273-8255.
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