AUSTRALIAN celebrity and all-round legend Quentin Kenihan has sadly died at the age of 43 after a life-long battle with brittle bone disease. He passed away in Adelaide on Saturday night.
Good friend of Quentin’s, Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe announced the devastating news on Twitter shortly before 1pm on Sunday. “Devastating news. My little mate, the bravest bloke I ever met…gone,” Crowe said.
“We will meet again. 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.”
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The 43-year-old entertainer, actor and author stole the heart of Australia back in the 80s as the ‘kid in the wheelchair’ and went on to captivate the nation with his wit, humour and never-say-die attitude.
The disability advocate suffered from the rare bone disorder Osteogenesis imperfecta and as a result spent most of his 43 years confined to a wheelchair and seven-and-a-half years in hospital.
Quentin, who stands less than one metre tall, dedicated his life to motivating others to follow their dreams and reach the highest level of success.
He was given the honour of carrying the Paralympic torch down Oxford Street in Sydney for the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games and in 2016 released his autobiography ‘Not All Superheroes Wear Capes’.
Also an avid filmmaker and media personality, Quentin co-starred in 4 feature films, most recently playing the pivotal role of Corpus in George Miller’s smash hit ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in 2015.
He hung out with some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity’s, including Angelina Jolie, and famously ran over and tore Jennifer Lopez’s dress with his wheelchair at an Oscars after party in 2001.
The past 12 months in particular had been hugely successful for Quentin.
In addition to finishing and releasing his autobiography, he co-wrote and performed a critically acclaimed stage show about turning 40 as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
He was running for Area Ward City Councillor for Adelaide City Council at the time of his death.
Quentin last posted on Twitter on Saturday, backing Adelaide’s Sandy Verschoor as Lord Mayor.
In the race for Lord Mayor of @cityofadelaide I’m throwing my support behind sandyver. I believe she has the experience & progressive thinking to take #Adelaide to a better future. @ The… https://t.co/2q4ol3c2zP
— Quentin Kenihan ♿️ (@qkenihan) October 6, 2018
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