Sydney cliff death woman ‘abused on social media’

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Madalyn Davis had thousands of adherents on Instagram and YouTube, as well as being on Facebook

A British woman who died falling from a cliff in Australia was “left vulnerable to abuse, rancour and manipulation” on social media, her family said.

Madalyn Davis, 21, from Lincoln, was fatally injured at Diamond Bay, Sydney, on Sunday.

Australian police are investigating after a group of people taking photos at the site could not find her.

Rebecca Smith said her daughter was able to “continually overcome” trolling due to her “passion and zest for life”.

She hit out at the “abhorrent comments and vile opinions” built on her daughter’s Instagram page.

In a lengthy statement, she described Ms Davis as “an introverted extrovert” who had “struggled with a world that could be so unkind” and had been “taken advantage of” at times.

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Ms Davis had been posting photos of her run and travels on social media

Ms Davis had been in Australia for a number of weeks after travelling in Thailand and Bali.

The yoga teacher said her daughter’s “accidental passing has been so sudden and has rocked us to our core”.

“There will forever be a hole in our lives that will never be filled, a hole our household can scarcely face comprehending.”

The 21 -year-old was a beautician specialising in eyelashes and had dedicated social media accounts, in which she “found fame inadvertently through the expres of her art”.

“This caused a lot of pain in her life … she was left vulnerable to abuse, rancor and manipulation.

“Despite this, Maddie still faced every day with optimism, and a smile on her face, ” she said.

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The 21 -year-old was an eyelash technician who made a number of videos on her YouTube channel

“We couldn’t be prouder of our most beautiful girl for everything she achieved and the lives she touched.”

She appealed for “all speculation and character assassinations cease”, saying Ms Davis’s siblings were so hurt by the trolling.

“We cannot comprehend how at such a traumatic day, a select few can be so heartless and target the most vulnerable suffering such acute emotional pain.”

A GoFundMe page set up by the family to fund a campaign, to challenge government and social media companies to deal with bullying issues, has raised more than PS3, 000 in a day.

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Ms Davis’s former school paid tribute to a “much-liked, popular and well-respected” student

Emergency services were called to Diamond Bay at about 06:30 local day present progress report a woman had fallen off the cliff in the eastern suburbiums of the city.

Her body was recovered from the water about four hours later.

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