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Heartbroken parents of TikTok star Caitlyn Loane, 19, say there were no warning signs before teen farmer's suicide

THE heartbroken parents of TikTok star Caitlyn Loane say they are searching for answers after she took her own life aged 19.

Richele and Phillip Loane said the teenage farmer had "a bright future" and there were no warning signs leading up to the tragedy.

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Caitlyn was well known for sharing TikTok videos about life on her family's 1,500-acre cattle farm in Tasmania, Australia.

She died days after posting a haunting final clip lip syncing to a country song with the lyrics: "How far would you drive for the girl of your dreams?".

Today her mum Richele said she is "still lost for words".

She told Daily Mail Australia: "The are no answers for us, there's no reasons, no whys.

"She had a crop in the ground. Her future was extremely bright."

Richele said Caitlyn had been working on the farm "since she she was old enough to ride a four wheel bike, which was about eight."

She added: "She was just an effervescent person, she loved run up to people and give them a big hug when she saw them.

"But she was wise beyond her years too. When she was 13 she wanted to be 18 and when she was 18 she wanted to be 25."




Dad Phillip said: "She felt very strongly about the family farming history and I remember her saying recently, 'Dad this is where I'm meant to be, it's where I want to be.'

"Nothing she did was just work to her. She was passionate, she'd get right into even the most mundane task on the farm, or judging juniors, which she loved doing."

It also emerged today a fraudster is preying on Caitlyn's friends and fans with a fake fundraising page.

Richele posted it on Facebook and warned people not to fall for the sick scam, which her pals called "beyond despicable".

Caitlyn's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief from her thousands of fans online.

He dad Phillip earlier paid tribute to her in a local paper: "She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family."

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

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Mum Richele said the fourth-generation farmer "was so talented and she loved mentoring younger people", adding she was an inspiration to all young female farmers around the world.

A school friend posted on Facebook: "Oh how my heart hurts to know you have left us all, the bright, bubbly, beautiful but crazy girl."

Another pal said: "What a phenomenal young lady so many of us had the privilege to meet and share memories with. Rest easy Caitlyn Loane."

In June, Caitlyn opened a farmer's festival in Tasmania where she was involved in judging cattle.

She had also just planted her first crop, a paddock of peas, on the land she hoped to eventually take over from her parents.

She also played Aussie Rules football for local club Devonport.

It said in a tribute: "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."




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