The teenage daughter of former Big Brother contestant Amber Siyavus died Monday night in an apparent suicide. Lexi Tomcavage, 18, allegedly took her own life in Ohio — which marks the small town's fifth death from suicide in the last six months.
Just one day before her death, Lexi had tweeted several times about missing her friend, Kyliegh Crawford, who took her own life two months ago. Lexi wrote, "I miss you" and "never been like this before." The teen had also shared a link on her Facebook page to a YouTube video about the suicide crisis in her local township.
Four other teenagers, including Lexi's friend Kyliegh, have died by suicide in Perry Township. Four of them attended Perry High School, while one boy was enrolled at the local middle school.
Amber Siyavus [back right] at the Big Brother 8 live show finale.
Raistlin Brown, 14, was the first to commit suicide at the beginning of the school year. His mother said at the time of his death that he had been bullied at school and online. A month later, 16-year-old Nick Borck took his own life after having issues on the football team, which prompted him to quit. He was also kicked off the baseball team leading up to his death. Kyliegh, also 16, committed suicide on Halloween, and a 14-year-old boy named Brody McNutt died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on New Year's Day. All of their families said they were dealing with bullying.
Despite parents protesting outside Perry High School in November, the school's website insists that they had preventive measures and support initiatives, including counseling, in place to help support students. "We understand the pain and sorrow our students, families, and community members are facing over the recent loss of several Perry students," the website reads. "We also understand that our students are faced with many difficult situations in life, including mental health issues, poverty, relationship issues with peers, depression, and drug use. The district has worked to put many preventive interventions and support initiatives in place to help them cope and face these situations."
Amber, 38, was a house guest on Season 8 of Big Brother, which aired in 2007.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.