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Mum of model killed in selfie plunge begs trolls to stop mocking her death

*taken from social media* Madalyn Davis (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

The family of Madalyn Davis have been hurt by some of the comments posted on her social media profiles since her death (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

The mother of a British backpacker who plunged from an Australian cliff edge has hit out at the ‘heartless’ trolls mocking her death.

Madalyn Davis, 21, fell from the Diamond Bay cliff tops in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – a notorious spot for tourists taking selfies – early Sunday morning.

In a statement on her Instagram story, Rebecca Smith said their family have since been tormented by ‘abhorrent comments and vile opinions’ posted on her daughter’s social media profiles.

She said the make-up artist, from Lincoln, ‘had the opportunity to live her dream’ while she was travelling.

Paying tribute to her ‘beautiful girl’, Ms Smith wrote: ‘She was an inspiration to many including us as her parents. Her 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 family can barely face comprehending.

‘Can we please ask at this most difficult time and in our deepest grief that all speculation and character assassinations cease, if not for us as her mum and dad then for Madalyn’s little brother and sister who are hardly able to process this awful loss.’

*taken from social media* Madalyn Davis (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

Madalyn’s mother said the make-up artist had been ‘living her dream’ travelling (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

Mum of Brit model, 21, killed in selfie cliff plunge begs trolls to stop mocking death Rebecca Smith says trolls have been mocking her daughter Madalyn's death in Australia after she fell while taking a selfie in notorious spot

Rebecca Smith said her daughter had ‘integrity and decency’ (Picture: Rebecca Smith/Instagram)

The social media statement continued: ‘Being able to read messages of support has given us so much strength, and we want to thank you for these kind words.

‘Sadly, we have also had to read some abhorrent comments and vile opinions on Madalyn’s Instagram profile.

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

A GoFundMe page set up by Ms Davis’ family says that they hope to call on the Government and social media giants to take action in dealing with online trolls.

Ms Smith said it would be the family’s final statement on her daughter’s death and that ‘any continuance of negative or hateful comments regarding Madalyn on social media channels may face legal action’.

She added: ‘We cannot continue to endure this relentless persecution.’

*taken from social media* Madalyn Davis (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

Madalyn’s body was recovered hours after rescuers received reports of visitors taking photos ‘inside the fence’ (Picture: Madalyn Davis/Instagram)

A rock cliff view in Diamond Bay Reserve area, Sydney

Diamond Bay Reserve area had become a notorious selfie spot for tourists (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Madalyn had been travelling around Thailand and Bail before arriving in Australia.

New South Wales Marine Rescue said it began searching for Ms Davis at 6.30am after receiving reports that a group of people were taking photos ‘inside the fence’ at the cliffs, but could not find her.

A body was retrieved from the water about four hours later.

In August, another woman, 27, fell to her death while posing for a photo at the same spot.

Waverley Council, the local authority for the area, commissioned an ‘urgent report regarding visitor safety at Diamond Bay Reserve’ following the incident.

The Foreign Office said staff at the British Consulate in Sydney are in contact with local authorities at Diamond Bay following the incident.



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