Singer loses asthma fight

Manawatu Standard - - NEWS - MARTY SHARPE

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.

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