Disability Advocate Quentin Kenihan Dies at 43
Australian disability advocate and Quentin Kenihan has died at the age of 43 on Saturday, according to ABC News. Kenihan’s cause of death has yet to be released, though initial reports cite breathing difficulties. In addition to his disability advocacy, Kenihan was an actor who most recently acted in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Kenihan was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily. It’s commonly referred to as brittle bone disease.
He was running for city council in Adelaide, Australia, and his name will stay on the ballot. The city is planning to add an inclusive playground in Adelaide, which was a project Kenihan advocated for.
The State Government & @CityofAdelaide will honour one of South Australia's favourite sons, Quentin Kenihan, by building an inclusive playground in the city for people with disability. This is something Quentin was advocating for and we will ensure his vision becomes a reality. pic.twitter.com/qqJum9v977
— Steven Marshall, MP (@marshall_steven) October 8, 2018
Fans and friends reacted to his death on Twitter and shared condolences.
Devastating news. My little mate , the bravest bloke I ever met… gone . We will meet again … @qkenihan . Not confined any more …
Between your interviews, your book, your one man show, your zany little movies …what a creative and productive life.
Lots of love.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) October 7, 2018
As an Aussie kid growing up in the 80s, everyone in the country knew Quentin and we loved him. He was our mate, thanks to Mike Willesees’ yearly updates and his cheeky persona. He defied the odds and I’m sad to hear he has left us. Vale. #quentin
— Jane Gazzo (@JaneGazzo) October 7, 2018
Sad to hear about Quentin Kenihan. Always made me smile when we caught up! #RIP An extraordinary life!
— Tim Verrall (@timverrall) October 7, 2018
Quentin Kenihan’s life was an extraordinary story of courage.
A talented and creative individual who was a fierce advocate for people with disabilities.
He was a larger than life figure who is going to be sorely missed.
— Peter Malinauskas (@PMalinauskasMP) October 7, 2018
I can’t believe this was just a few days ago. RIP Quentin Kenihan. Australia’s little mate. Not just an underdog, a bloody terrier chasing life like a tennis ball. pic.twitter.com/5yIqrg2eo6
— Daniel James (@dulhunty) October 7, 2018