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 go fund me 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.”