- Caitlyn Loane, a TikTok creator famous for farm videos, died on Thursday. She was 19.
- Loane had become an inspiration to female farmworkers across the world.
- Family, friends, fans, and Loane’s football club mourned her on social media.
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Caitlyn Loane, a TikTok creator who blew up for sharing videos of her day-to-day life working on her family’s farm in Tasmania, died at the age of 19, her parents confirmed.
Loane’s father, Phillip Loane, confirmed her death in a statement to The Mercury on Thursday. “Words can’t describe our loss,” he told The Mercury. “She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family.”
Her mother, Richele Loane, told The Mercury that she was an inspiration to female farmhands all over the globe.
“Her smile lit up the room,” Richele said. “She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty—in some photos she has mud up to her knees.”
The family did not specify how Loane died, but her father said “every day should be ‘R U OK? Day,” which is a reference to a holiday in Australia when folks are encouraged to have conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.
DailyMail reported that Loane was the livestock manager of her family’s farm, which spans approximately 1,480 acres.
Caitlyn’s TikTok account, “catieloane,” which states “Promoting Women in Agriculture” in its bio, amassed over 50,000 followers and nearly 800,000 likes.
Her TikTok content included clips of taste-testing homegrown carrots, feeding cows, driving around the family’s expansive, picturesque farm site.
Caitlyn was one of the most popular members of TikTok’s small female agriculture scene on TikTok. The community’s most commonly associated hashtag, “#womeninag,” has over 90 million views.
Loane posted her final video on June 26. In the short clip, she added an overdubbed, wistful male voice that says, “How far would you drive for the girl of your dreams?” and fades into “Nobody,” a country song by Dylan Scott. On-screen, she then wrote the words “What about to Tasmania?,” and added a montage of photos of herself tending to animals and doing other things.
Fans flooded the comment section with condolences.
“What a beautiful soul, thank you for being in the world,” one comment said. “I’m so sorry you couldn’t stay. Sending love to your family.”
Another TikTok user said she was “weeping” while reading the news, and asked how one can “lose hope so fast?”
In addition to family and fans, one of Caitlyn’s friends, Kaycee Mikaela Heyward, wrote a tribute post to her on Facebook.
“Oh how my heart hurts to know you have left us all, the bright, bubbly, beautiful but crazy girl,” Heyward wrote. “All the late night chats, late night drives, the cattle handling shows together… just know our memories are not all over, until we meet again my precious girl. R.I.P.”
The Devonport Football Club, which Caitlyn was a part of, also released a statement on Facebook. They wished condolences to Loane’s family, friends, and teammates, and said that the “past week has put into context what really matters in life.”
Insider reached out to Caitlyn’s family for comment but did not receive a response.
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