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'Forever with us': Family's heartbreaking goodbye to 'angel' Jaimi Kenny

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, Jaimi Kenny with mum Lisa Curry and brother Jett Kenny.
Jaimi Kenny was farewelled during a sunset funeral service in Queensland on Saturday. Pic: Instagram

Family and friends of Jaimi Kenny have paid their final respects to the 33-year-old after laying her to rest during a funeral service in Queensland on Saturday evening.

The daughter of Aussie sporting legends Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny tragically passed away at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday morning, following a long battle with illness.

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It's understood the eldest daughter of the former sporting couple had been troubled with anxiety issues since she was a teenager.

Kenny suffered from an eating disorder and alcohol problems, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that she was also left “heartbroken and traumatised” when the love of her life, Lachy Crossley, died suddenly in 2017.

At a sunset service decked with fairy lights and flowers on Saturday, Kenny's loved ones described the funeral as fitting for "the queen of all things pretty".

Her mother Lisa was understandably distraught as her husband Mark Tabone and son Jett Kenny accompanied her out of the chapel afterwards.

Jaimi Kenny is pictured next to her father Grant and behind mother Lisa Curry in 2008.
Jaimi Kenny with her father Grant and mother Lisa Curry, following the latter's heart surgery announcement in 2008. Pic: AAP

On Sunday, the 58-year-old former swim star poured her heart out in a painful social media tribute to her late daughter, revealing that she and former husband Grant Kenny had held their daughter until her final breath.

“Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,” she wrote.

“As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you... always our bubba.

“It was just perfect... beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly... just the way you would have wanted it.

“Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully. Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be...

“Jaimi...as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last.

“Jaimi, my love, our hearts are aching, but know you will be forever with us, and forever loved wherever we go. Goodnight sweet girl... we hope you have a nice long sleep.”

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The 33-year-old's siblings Jett Kenny and Morgan Gruell also left touching messages to their late sister, while giving thanks for the outpouring of support they've received in the wake of her devastating passing.

“You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end,” Jett Kenny wrote on Instagram.

“Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart. I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point.”

Kenny's sister praised the 33-year-old for the loving and caring nature that had touched the lives of so many of those that knew her.

"She was the most sentimental person I’ve ever known, she saw the beauty in everyone and everything," she wrote.

“We will continue to miss and love you always. A huge thank you for all the messages of love and support that have been pouring in over the past week. It means the world to us to know how very loved and adored she was by all who met her.

“Thank you again from our family.”