One of four people identified thus far as having died in a private plane crash on April 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz., was Mariah Sunshine Coogan, a resident of West Hollywood.
HollywoodLife, the celebrity gossip site, reports that Coogan, 23, was flying to Las Vegas with several young friends, who also were killed. Three of them, including Coogan, are said to be “Instagram celebrities” because of their large following on that website. Coogan is known on Instagram as mariahsunshiinee, and has 31,300 followers.
Coogan’s family lives in Santa Rosa and her parents told San Diego’s ABC 10 that she had moved to San Diego to pursue a modeling career and recently had moved to West Hollywood. She was known for her passion for horses as well as her modeling
Just before the crash, Coogan took a video of herself and fellow passengers, including Anand “Happy” Patel, 26, who also had a large Instagram following. The Federal Transportation Administration is looking into the cause of the crash, and it appears that James Pedroza, the 28-year-old pilot, did not have a pilot’s license.
Coogan’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money to support animal causes.
“She was a loving daughter and big sister to four younger siblings,” says a statement on the account. “Her love for animals was unparalleled: growing up in 4-H, being an avid & highly trained equestrian, and owner of multiple fur babies. For that reason, we ask for you to donate in Mariah Sunshine’s memory to a fund which we will in turn give to an organization that will help carry on her love for animals.”