A popular TikTok star who captured her action-packed farming lifestyle on social media has taken her own life at the age of just 19.
Caitlyn Loane became an internet sensation for documenting her daily working life, posting clips of her shearing sheep, tending to cattle, and driving tractors among many other things.
The young cowgirl had worked as a livestock manager at her parent’s 1,400-acre (2.3-square-mile) cattle farm in Tasmania, Australia, which Loane planned to run when she was older.
But the young social media star, who has more than 51,000 followers on TikTok with her videos wracking up over 170,000 views, tragically died by suicide this week.
Speaking of their loss, Caitlyn's father Phillip Loane said: "Words can't describe our loss.
"She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family."
The teen’s mum, Richele, said her daughter’s "smile lit up the room" and that she "wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty".
Her final video was 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 recently opened up about her career path to TasWeekend magazine during Agfest Tasmania, where the young woman was overseeing cattle judges, the Daily Mail reports.
"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."
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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 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."
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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."
Heartbroken fans have also paid tribute to the TikTok star.
"Sad day for Tassie TikTok," wrote one fan on Loane’s page. "Your bright light will be missed. Rip."
"Rest in peace, beautiful. You were too good for this world," said another.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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