EXPIRED: 10/28/09 – Taylor Mitchell, 19, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter out of Toronto, Canada was on the rise.

Having just a debut album (entitled For Your Consideration) under her belt, she was already winning recognition; namely, a recent nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year.

In the midst of her first-ever tour through the Maritimes of Canada, including a host of gigs slated for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Mitchell paused to take a hike on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Bad idea.

During the hike, Mitchell was attacked by two (possibly rabid) coyotes. Another hiker, who was walking nearby, heard her cries and called 911, but it was too late. She was taken by helicopter to hospital where she died overnight.

Described as an “old soul” by Suzie Vinnick, award-winning blues singer, Taylor just got her driver’s license and first set of wheels two months ago.

Meanwhile, Germaine LeMoine, public affairs officer with Parks Canada, said the Skyline Trail, one of the most beautiful on Cape Breton Island, would remain off-limits until further notice. Eerily, one of the tracks of Mitchell’s debut album is entitled “Secluded Roads.”



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