Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has been hit with massive backlash on social media in the wake of her young cousin's death. The beauty has been questioned on Twitter why she is using her Instagram and Twitter accounts to solicit donations from members of the public when she herself earns a decent amount of money.
Hyland's 14-year-old cousin Trevor was killed in an alleged drink driving accident over the weekend, a car crash that left her uncle seriously injured in hospital and requiring further surgery.
Trevor's sister Tessa has set up a GoFundMe fundraising page with a goal of $US25,000 ($NZ36,000) — a goal that has already been exceeded, with more than $US30,000 ($NZ43,000) in funds raised in just one day.
Her tweet, sharing the page has been met with criticism from followers.
According to the page, which is raising money for funeral costs and medical expenses, the father and son were "driving to a show choir event and were involved in a serious car accident".
"Please DONATE," Hyland begged her 1.55 million Twitter followers.
The actress reportedly earns over $144,000 NZD per episode for her starring role as Haley Dunphy in Modern Family, which has run for more than 200 episodes now.
Her Modern Family co-stars Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould — both estimated to have amassed similar fortunes to Hyland — also shared the fundraising link to their social media accounts, asking their combined millions of fans to donate.
Donation records on the GoFundMe page show that the two highest donations so far have come from Winter (who gave $2500) and from Hyland herself (who donated $1000).
Hyland hit back as speculation grew about her involvement in the fundraising campaign, writing: "You don't know all the details. And how dare you attack when a beautiful life has been lost."'
However, her defence was met with further criticism from some on social media: