WARNING: This post deals with suicide. Some readers may find the article triggering.
Just a few months ago she was ‘the happiest girl on the planet’.
She had been accepted into an Ivy League University and her older sister was going to make her an Aunty.
But the picture painted of 19-year old Madison Holleran through social media is, as often the case an entirely different one to the reality.
The tragic facts reported by the US media are that the University student took her own life on Saturday evening.
The internet has gone into overdrive reporting on the popular teenager’s death. With her looks, her sporting achievements and even her suicide notes documented and speculated upon.
Her father, James, has spoken to the media in heartbreaking detail, talking of his anguish after his daughter took her own life.
He said she was ‘the happiest girl on the planet’ when she was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania.
A vivacious, intelligent athlete from New Jersey she seemed to be constantly surrounded by friends.
Her social media profiles show a vibrant popular confident teenager, with tweets delighting in becoming an Aunty and tweets proclaiming her love for her family and friends.
She had three sisters – ages 26, 20, and 16 – and a 15-year-old brother.
Madison had happily tweeted less than a month ago when her older sister gave birth to a baby boy.
“Best New Years gift ever … GONNA BE AN AUNT TODAY!!!! HAPPY NYE TO ALL!!!!!”
But as we all know social media profiles lie.
Inside Madison Holleran was a teenager struggling. She was overwhelmed by her Ivy League schoolwork and had lost confidence in her athletic ability.
Madison was in her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. She was majoring in politics, philosophy and economics.