Singer loses asthma fight
Singer Alicia Kirkpatrick died in the arms of her mother on August 28 after suffering an asthma attack.
Michelle Brown said Alicia and her three daughters Maia, 11, Jaezahn, 9, and 16-monthold Coco had come to her house in Te Karaka, about 30km northwest of Gisborne. ‘‘It just happened so fast. ‘‘We had dinner. I sat down to have a talk. She got up and said: Mum, we’ve got to go.
‘‘I knew her asthma had come on just like that. So we left. Two minutes down the road I was doing CPR on her in the car. Her three girls were in the car,’’ Brown said.
She said an inhaler proved ineffective and Alicia ‘‘passed away in my arms’’.
Alicia’s father David said she had suffered from asthma from a young age. She had survived a serious asthma attack in May.
Alicia’s tangi was held at Takipu¯ marae and she was buried at Taruheru cemetery in Gisborne.
She grew up performing in multiple music competitions, and became increasingly involved in the local musical acts, shows and festivals around the country. She recorded her first album in 1999.
She became the lead singer of Kiwi reggae band Foundation, and played alongside some of the country’s biggest reggae acts over the years.