TikTok star Dazharia Shaffer, 18, dies

Dazharia Shaffer
Dazharia Shaffer
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Dazharia Shaffer has died. She was 18 years old.

The TikTok star, better known online by the names 'Dee' and 'Bxbygirlldee', died on Monday, 8 February. Coroner Shane Evans, with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, confirmed to People that they responded to a death by suicide on Tuesday.

Dazharia's father, who goes by the name Rodney Andry, later shared on TikTok that the 18-year-old struggled with mental health issues. He also created a GoFundMe page in her honour.

"On February 8th my daughter Dazharia has left us early and have been call up to fly with the angels," the page reads. "She was my little best friend and I wasn't prepared in no way, to bury my child.

"She was so happy, and would be so excited to see me when I come home from being on the road. I only wish she would have spoken to me about her stress and the thoughts of suicide. We could work thru this. I only want to hold you again my little jelly bean. Now I come home and your no longer gonna be there waiting for me. I have to let you fly with the angels. Daddy love you. [sic]"

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can be reached at: 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

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