While on a trek in Canada...
Scott Colothan

10:59 29th October 2009

Teenage folk singer Taylor Mitchell has been savaged to death by two wild coyotes.

The animals attacked the 19-year-old when she was on a solo trek in Cape Breton park in Nova Scotia, Canada on Tuesday.

Walkers heard Mitchell's screams and alerted rangers who shot one of the dogs and arranged for the singer to be airlifted to hospital in Halifax.

Despite reaching hospital, Mitchell died in the early hours on Wednesday morning after loosing a vast quantity blood.

Brigdit Leger, spokesperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told Reuters: "Coyotes are normally afraid of humans. This is a very irregular occurrence.”

She continued that the two animals who savaged Mitchell were “extremely aggressive”.

Mitchell's manager Lisa Weitz said of the critically lauded singer: "Words can't begin to express the sadness and tragedy of losing such a sweet, compassionate, vibrant, and phenomenally talented young woman.

"She just turned 19 two months ago, and was so excited about the future."