So sad. Madison Holleran, a promising 19-year-old track star at the University of Pennsylvania, committed suicide in Center City, Philadelphia on Jan. 17 without giving any hint to her unhappiness. Just an hour before her death, she posted a beautiful photo of a sunset to her Instagram account.
This is so sad. Madison Holleran seemingly had everything to live for — she was a promising track star at the University of Pennsylvania and halfway through her freshman year as a major of philosophy, politics and economics. However, on Jan. 17 she sadly committed suicide, and now her friends and family are heartbroken and reeling — her father has spoken out in a new interview.
University of Pennsylvania Track Star, Madison Holleran, Found Dead
Madison reportedly jumped off a building in the center of Philadelphia on Jan. 17. She was found and pronounced dead at about 7 p.m. An hour before that, she posted a photo of a sunset to her Instagram page. For such a beautiful and talented girl, we cannot imagine what demons she must have secretly been fighting for her to decide to end her life. Police have also given no indication.
Amy Guttman, President of UPenn, released this statement on Jan. 18:
The entire Penn community is deeply saddened by the death of Madison Holleran. She was bright and well-liked with an incredible future ahead of her. There are simply no words that can properly convey the sense of heartache that we all feel at such a tragic loss.
Steve Dolan, director of track and field at UPenn, also said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with [Holleran’s] family and friends. This is a challenging time for everyone involved with the program, but we will support each other in the weeks to come and help her teammates and friends find their own ways to honor her memory.
UPenn Community Shocked: By Madison Holleran’s Suicide
At her North Jersey high school, Northern Highlands, Madison received a number of accolades for her athletic prowess. Among other recognitions, she was “part of two undefeated state championship soccer teams at Northern Highlands and as a senior was The Record Female Spring Athlete of the Season, an award given for the defining performance of the season,” according to NorthJersey.com.
Judging by her Facebook and Instagram, Madison did indeed seem to be very well-liked and the impact her sudden death has had on her friends, family, and her hometown of Allendale, New Jersey has been overwhelming. Her funeral is expected to be held on Jan. 21.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Madison’s friends and family during this difficult time.
If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) who can connect you with a skilled and trained counselor in your area.
— Amanda Mitchell