Australian Olympian Lisa Curry has spoken of the “unbearable” pain she feels following the death of her daughter, Jaimi Kenny, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
- Jaimi Kenny is the eldest daughter of former Olympians Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny
- Her family have spoken of their “unbearable” pain
- Jaimi has been remembered as a “gem” who was “so kind to everyone”
The 33-year-old died peacefully at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday following a battle with a long-term illness.
Ms Kenny is the eldest daughter of Curry and former ironman champion and Olympic kayaker Grant Kenny.
Paying tribute to her daughter, Curry remembered Jaimi as someone who was “so loved, so beautiful and so kind to everyone”.
“I can barely breathe. I just can’t believe you’re not here anymore, I sit and just shake my head,” Curry posted on social media.
“I will miss you every sunrise, I will miss you when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.
“I will miss you when the clouds are dark and stormy and when the rainbow appears.
“I will miss you when I close my eyes. I will miss you when I open my eyes.
“I will miss our long hugs and long chats.
“You will forever be with me in my heart Jaimi. I love you so much.”
‘My heart is shattering into a million pieces’
Jaimi’s best friend Millie Thomas said she was devastated by the loss of her “soul sister”.
“Fly high my darling Jaimi. You are my best friend, my soul sister, you always will be,” Ms Thomas posted to social media.
“My days will never ever be the same without your love, your light and your laughter.
“You mean the world to me darling heart and I will love you forever and always. Heaven is so very lucky to have you.
“Rest peacefully my darling and keep shining your beautiful light.”
Jaimi’s aunt, Melinda Kenny also took to Instagram to pay tribute to her “beloved” niece.
“Words can’t express what she meant to me,” she said.
“The one who shared my love of fashion and styling. The one who thought I was cool in my fifties, the one I laughed with,” she wrote.
“She was a gem and I loved her deeply, as we all did.
“I’m going to take a short break to … support my much-loved brother GK [Grant Kenny] who, although a tower of strength and dignity, is suffering unimaginably.”
Kenny yesterday described his daughter as “a loving soul who always put others before herself”.
The family did not specify the nature of Ms Kenny’s illness.