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A 24-year-old woman, who openly shared her struggles with anorexia and depression online, died by suicide on Tuesday. A day after, a message went live on her Instagram account, where she currently has over 2,500 followers.
Yocheved Gourarie reportedly jumped off of the Vessel in Manhattan on Tuesday. According to the New York Post, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gourarie scheduled an Instagram post to be published the following day. In the post, which starts with a warning note, Gourarie acknowledged that the publishing of it may pain her parents, who, she said, received a personal note from her. She said she gave her parents the option of making that note public as well.
He also shared that he "sent her a pic of a cute pup" every day she was at the Center for Change, a facility in Utah for women struggling with eating disorders.
“Yocheved, you were the cutest, prettiest, kindest ‘pup’ a father could hope for. It will take time to heal. Thanks to all for helping us along in that process,” he wrote.
“We are only finding out now how she gave of herself to others and how many lives she touched," he added.
Gourarie was an advocate for mental health awareness, and her account is full of posts chronicling her journey with anorexia and depression.
In a post from January, she thanked her followers for the "outpouring of support and appreciation" she received ever since "sharing (her) truth."
"Some have reached out with their own stories, others asked how to seek help," she wrote at the time. "Others have thanked me simply for speaking honestly, letting them know they weren’t alone and letting me know how impactful simply speaking our truths can be."
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