“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland has announced that she is taking a break from social media following the recent passing of her cousin.
The 28-year-old actress told her fans that she is taking herself off Twitter in the wake of her 14-year-old cousin being killed by a drunk driver in Nebraska.
Hyland’s teenage cousin, Trevor Canaday, was struck and killed by a drunk driver over the weekend. The actress and her “Modern Family” co-stars have since shared a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping her family raise money for his funeral and his father’s hospital costs, PageSix reports.
Some criticized Hyland for sharing the GoFundMe after internet trolls claimed she could afford to pay for everything herself.
“Maybe millionaires shouldn’t be asking for money they have in their wallet. Her clothes alone cost more then my salary,” tweeted one user.
“Ridiculous to ask us to fund this. Good bye Sarah Hyland delete,” wrote another.
In response, Hyland opted to take a break from social media altogether.
“You guys finally did it. Your horrible negative ignorant words have broken me. Happy? Staying offline for a while,” she wrote. “I have a special announcement and video releasing on Wednesday I believe. So. There’s that. ✌🏼”
Canady was killed after Jeffrey Eggeling, ran a red light and crashed into Canaday’s vehicle, which caused Hyland’s cousin to be ejected from the car, according to a press release from the Omaha Police Department.
Eggeling was booked for two counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, PageSix reports.
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