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Sarah Hyland has left social media following the bullying she experienced online in the aftermath of her cousin's tragic death.

Her 14-year-old relative lost her life in a heart-breaking car accident over the weekend.

The actress uploaded a Go Fund Me page to her Twitter, stating that a man named Jeffrey Eggerling was the driver who hit her uncle's car, and he tried to run from the scene.

"Jeffrey Eggerling is a murderer. May he rot in hell."

She also asked if her fans could donate to the page to help pay for funeral expenses of her 14-year-old cousin, which backfired.

The backlash came when Twitter users angrily stated that she could afford to pay for the funeral from her own salary, and that there was no need to ask others to contribute.

In a series of tweets, the Modern Family star explained the sense of grief and pain which her cousin's death brought, which was exacerbated by online trolls;

She continued; saying "your horrible negative ignorant words have broken me. Happy? Staying offline for a while."

She presumably has contractual obligations to promote her TV show, so the exception to her social media hiatus is for this purpose only.

Some Twitter users declared that because her net worth is roughly $9 million, she should pay for the funeral herself rather than asking her fans for money which they may not have;

Others claimed that we don't actually know what her assets are, and presumably she has already contributed to the funeral costs, which is no one's business.

Many fans rallied behind her during this tough time, and we agree that when someone is mourning a great loss, attacking their net worth is just a low blow.

We hope she can get through this difficult period in her life, and offer condolences for her cousin's death. 

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Ooooh, we wouldn’t like to get on the bad side of Tay-Tay, that’s for sure!

Taylor Swift has jumped to the rescue of one of her fans who was subjected to some very negative comments from a troll on Tumblr.

The ironic part? One of the user’s offensive statements claimed that Taylor probably doesn’t even use her own Tumblr account. I think we can say that the troll definitely got what was coming to them when Ms Swift herself shut them down.

“Why do you seem to think Taylor Swift loves you? She doesn’t love you,” the cruel post began. “You don’t know her. Would you stop posting like she knows you or is actually reading it already, because she’s not.

“It’s probably not even her using her tumblr. So, please stop.”

And just in case the user thought they hadn’t sufficiently insulted their victim, they threw in one final upsetting insult. “Also, everyone seem to think you’re pretty, don’t they? Well, I think you think you are with all your selfies. Your not.”

Luckily, the Bad Blood singer caught wind of the abuse her little Swifites were suffering and came to the rescue.

“Trying to figure out if I’m more offended by the senseless negativity or the fact that he/she/it used the wrong form of ‘you’re.’ I doubt we will get apologies for either crime,” the 25-year-old posted.

“We must now forget about this and keep groovin/using correct grammar.”

Somehow we think the Tumblr troll is feeling pretty ashamed right about now… Or at least they should be! 

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Alanah Pearce is taking serious action against the young boys who threatened her with rape online – she’s contacting their mammies!

The 21-year-old, who works as a game reviewer in Brisbane, Australia took to Twitter to show a screen grab of a threat she had received which she then sent on to the troll’s mom, and wrote: “Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I’ve started telling their mothers.”

One mum was clearly horrified by her son’s threat to Alanah and replied to her: “omg little shit. I’M SO SORRY. YES I WILL TALK TO HIM!!!”

Alanah’s decision to reach out to the boys’ mums comes from her realisation, with a little research, that the shocking behaviour was coming from boys aged between 10 and 15 years old, she explained to The Guardian: “A while ago, I realised that a lot of people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren’t male adults. It turns out they’re mostly young boys and the problem is they don’t know any better, so responding to them rationally didn’t resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable.”

The mum who replied to Alanah – thought to be the only one – has since gotten her son to write her a letter of apology, and has taken affirmative action in dealing with her son and other boys’ behaviour towards online threats: “She has gotten him to handwrite me a letter and she’s also spoken to other parents in the community. She is going to the school to talk about online harassment and bullying and trying to make other parents more aware of what their kids are saying online.”

We're glad that Alanah's positive reaction to her horrific online experience has garnered worldwide attention and will hopefully deter other trolls from such abuse. 

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