Lisa’s fury: Low act after Jaimi’s death
Former Olympian Lisa Curry has issued a warning to friends not to donate to a fake fundraising account collecting money for her daughter Jaimi Kenny, who died on Monday.
The fundraiser was made in her husband Mark Tabone's name and shared in the comments of his tribute post to Jaimi, 33, by a fake Facebook profile.
"Some people," Ms Curry wrote. "Someone has started a (donorbox) page on Mark Andrew Tabone's FB page … this is not us.
"It's also sending friend requests."
In capital letters, she warned friends and family: "Please do not open anything from this fake account."
Jaimi's death was announced in a joint statement from her father Grant Kenny and mother Lisa Curry on Monday night, which revealed she had "lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family."
Ms Kenny had been battling an eating disorder for years and had been receiving care from private clinic End ED on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in the months before her death, The Courier-Mail reported.
Ms Curry described her loss as "so painful … I can barely breathe" on Tuesday morning, sharing her devastation with friends and fans on social media.
"Rest in peace my beautiful baby. I will miss you every sunrise, I will miss you when the sun is shining and the birds are singing," she wrote.
"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. I will miss watching, feeling and knowing your love for your sister and brother, your little nephew, Cleo, your Ma and dad.
"I just can't believe you're not here anymore. I sit and just shake my head. It doesn't seem real or right. You will forever be with me in my heart Jaimi. I love you so much."
The fake fundraising account uses a tribute from Mr Tabone, a professional Elvis impersonator who married Ms Curry in 2018.
"As the tears flow and the heart aches, I write this as a tribute to beautiful young lady, who's life ended way too soon. As your mother & father weep your loss, I too feel lost and heavy hearted," he wrote.
"You always put everybody else first. You were gifted with many talents, amazing cook, arts and crafts, writing, and your love and creativity with flowers.
"Thankyou all for your condolences at this very difficult time for Lisa, Grant & all the Kenny / Curry family.
"My job now is to nurture my wife through this unimaginable time."
Mr Tabone said the fake account was "disgusting" and he would be reporting it to Facebook.
"Do not accept friendship or (donorbox), we did not do this!" he wrote.
His followers were quick to offer their support, many labelling the scammer "disgusting" a "low life" and "absolute scum".
"Some people are just disgustingly cruel and malicious," one woman wrote. "Money grabbers trying to profit from someone else's pain. It is deplorable!"
"What a disgusting thing to do at this time of your grief," another added. "They are nothing more than gutter rats."
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💕 I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time. I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister, the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched 💕
Mr Kenny and Ms Curry said they would remember Jaimi as a "loving soul".
"Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself," Monday's statement read.
"Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.
"We thank the incredible team at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for their tireless commitment to making her better and giving us all the extra time we were able to spend with her."
Millie Thomas, an eating disorder recovery coach at End ED posted a tribute of her own, praising Ms Kenny as her "best friend".
"Fly high, my darling," she wrote.
"You are my best friend + my soul sister + you always will be.
"My heart is shattered into a million pieces right now - I can't fathom life without you. My days will never ever be the same without your love, your light + your laughter.
"You mean the world to me darling heart + I will love you forever and always. Heaven is so very lucky to have you."
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I am utterly devastated to tell you all that my most beloved niece JK passed away this morning. Words can’t express what she meant to me, the one who shared my love of fashion & styling. The one who thought I was cool in my fifties. The one I laughed with & the one who started my Instagram account for me. In the beginning, she took my photos, leant me clothes, styled my hair... She was a gem & I loved her deeply as we all did. I’m going to take a short break from Insta to grieve and most importantly, support my much-loved brother GK who, although a tower of strength & dignity, is suffering unimaginably. MK😢 . . #grief #griefandloss #heartbroken #reallifestory #myniece #lovemyfamily #familyiseverything #sayinggoodbye #dontwantyoutogo #gonetoosoon #gonetooyoung #myheartisbreaking #loveandloss #reallifeexperience #mystory
Originally published as Lisa's fury: Low act after Jaimi's death