Singer died in mother’s arms

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MARTY SHARPE

Ali­cia Kirk­patrick was mother’s ‘‘rock’’.

The 29-year-old singer, model and mother of three died in the arms of her mother, Michelle Brown, on Au­gust 28 af­ter suf­fer­ing an asthma at­tack.

Brown said Ali­cia and her three daugh­ters Maia, 11, Jaezahn, 9, and 16-month-old Coco had come to her house in Te Karaka, about 30km north­west of Gis­borne, with plans to have a ‘‘girl’s day’’ the next day.

‘‘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,’’ she said.

She said an in­haler proved in­ef­fec­tive and Ali­cia ’’passed away in my arms’’.

Ali­cia was the old­est of six daugh­ters and two sons. She was raised by Michelle and her ex­hus­band David Kirk­patrick in Gis­borne, Napier and Te Karaka.

‘‘It’s not fair. She was just a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out. Her whole life was about her chil­dren and her fam­ily. She was the one who al­ways kept in touch her with ev­ery­body. She was my rock, my heart, my world, and my best friend. I’m so lost with­out her,’’ Brown said.

Ali­cia’s fa­ther David said his daugh­ter ‘‘touched a lot of peo­ple in her short life’’.

‘‘She was on the road to ac­com­plish ev­ery­thing, then had it all taken away,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got to be strong for her ba­bies. Ali­cia loved them so much. It’s about them now and giv­ing them as much sup­port as we can so they can thrive,’’ he said.

He said Ali­cia had suf­fered from asthma from a young age.

Ali­cia’s tangi was held at Takipu¯ marae and she was buried at Taruheru ceme­tery in Gis­borne.

Her death came just three months af­ter an asthma at­tack that nearly took her life. On Face­book in May, she said she was grate­ful for the ‘‘sec­ond chance’’.

‘‘I had an asthma at­tack and I stopped breath­ing, heart stopped beat­ing and I was dead for 20 min­utes,’’ she posted.

Fam­ily and friends from all over the coun­try have paid trib- ute Kirk­patrick af­ter her death. A Givealit­tle page was set up to help sup­port her three daugh­ters.

Ali­cia grew up per­form­ing in mul­ti­ple mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions, and recorded her first al­bum in 1999. She opened gigs for artists like Ne­sian Mys­tik, Anika Moa, and Amer­i­can rap­per Coo­lio.

She be­came the lead singer of to Kiwi reg­gae band Foun­da­tion, and played along­side some of the coun­try’s big­gest reg­gae acts in­clud­ing Herbs, To­mor­row Peo­ple, Three Houses Down and Katchafire.

The band paid trib­ute to her, say­ing on Face­book they were dev­as­tated. ‘‘You gave ev­ery­thing to Foun­da­tion through your amaz­ing tal­ent, love and loy­alty. Your legacy will live on through our mu­sic.’’

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