Mariah Coogan: 23-Year-Old Instagram Model Passes Away in Plane Crash

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Mariah Coogan was 23. She was a beautiful Instagram model with over 30,000 followers.

Tragically, on April 9th, she died in a private plane crash in Scottsdale, Arizona while flying out to Las Vegas.

Five others died with her, though two remain unidentified. Those who have been identified include Anand Patel, who was 26, Helena Lagos, who was 22, and James Pedroza, who was 28.

Mariah is survived by her parents and four siblings.

As much sorrow as her followers are feeling, those who knew her best now mourn her the most.

Take a look at some of the photos that she decided to share before her passing and learn more about this talented beauty who died too young.

1. This was Mariah's last photo shared to Instagram

This was Mariah's last photo shared to Instagram
The dog featured is Chapo El Guapo. According to her tags, the drink was ketchup and ice.

2. She was a horse-trainer and enjoyed equestrian sports

She was a horse-trainer and enjoyed equestrian sports
Mariah trained with horses in 2012 and clearly had a love for animals.

3. She left school to pursue modeling in 2012

She left school to pursue modeling in 2012
At the time, even the principal of her school praised her adventurous spirit and how likable she was.

4. Mariah recently moved into a modeling house

Mariah recently moved into a modeling house
The house is in Hollywood. It is not uncommon for career-driven models to share a home.

5. Mariah was in Scottsdale for the Phoenix Lights Festival

Mariah was in Scottsdale for the Phoenix Lights Festival
Just two days before her fateful crash, she posted this photo to announce that she had obtained new sunglasses, just for the festival.

6. Mariah was headed to Vegas with friends

Mariah was headed to Vegas with friends
She shared videos of her fellow passengers and of the plane just before takeoff.

7. Mariah did a lot of traveling

Mariah did a lot of traveling
She's taken photos in many places, including Costa Rica, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, and Key West.

8. She was also quite the adventurer

She was also quite the adventurer
Her activities included snorkeling, snowmobiling, and even skydiving.

9. Here we see Mariah with a fan

Here we see Mariah with a fan
Actually that is Kendall Jenner. The two gorgeous models bumped into each other at a basketball game and snapped a selfie.

10. Her family is in mourning

Her family is in mourning
Mariah is survived by her parents, her three brothers, and her one sister.

11. Mariah's mother has spoken up.

Mariah's mother has spoken up.
"She’s just a bright light,” Stacey Coogan says of her late daughter. “She’s been such a great child to have."

12. Here is Mariah with Her Dog, Leila

Here is Mariah with Her Dog, Leila
"I mean, she’s my first," Mariah's mother says. "And her middle name is Sunshine, and she has proven that name because any room she walks into, she smiles and brightens the whole room."

13. The world has less sunshine in it with Mariah's passing

The world has less sunshine in it with Mariah's passing
Her mother's statement to The Press Democrat concludes: "I’m going to miss her so much."

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