18-Year-Old TikTok Star Dazharia Shaffer Is Dead After Reported Suicide
Some incredibly sad news to report today. An 18-year-old TikTok/Instagram star named Dazharia Shaffer has died after reportedly committing suicide.
The Louisiana native, who was known as “Dee” had over 1.4 million followers on TikTok and over one hundred thousand followers on Instagram.
When her death was first reported, no one knew the cause, but the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office confirms that the call they responded to was a suicide death.
Her father released a video statement on her death:
I just want to thank everyone for their love and support of my daughter. Unfortunately she is no longer with us and has gone to a better place.
My daughter Dazharia has left us early and has been call[ed] up to fly with the angels. 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 [sic] this.
Her mother also addressed her death, writing the following on her Facebook page…
I’m so heartbroken. I really can’t believe you’re going. I wish I was waiting on you to say it was a prank but its not i wishing could have died instead of u …rip my angel. Everyone talks about our bad times but never talk about the good times #babygirldee. [sic].
Let this be a wake up call if you’re a parent to a teenager. Talk to them, check in on them, get them a therapist/medication if they need it. You need to be active in their life because they can hide sh*t. They can put up a front with the best of them.
We don’t know if social media played any part in this. If she was being bullied or not, but we certainly wouldn’t doubt it.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.