Tributes for renowned Gold Coast photographer killed in tragic accident in US

Popular Gold Coast photographer Dale Sharpe is being remembered as an inspiration after he was tragically killed in a freak accident in the US.

The 36-year-old struck a deer while travelling on a highway in Kansas.

Mr Sharpe was waiting on the side of the road after smoke started billowing from the engine.


Shortly after, another vehicle was travelling along the road when it swerved to avoid his vehicle.

Mr Sharpe tried to jump into a ditch to avoid being hit but he was struck by the other car.

He was treated by paramedics and rushed to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

Mr Sharpe leaves behind his fiance Karlie and 10-month-old daughter Mia.

His family confirmed the devastating news on his Instagram page overnight.

“Dale was loved by many and will be deeply missed.”

“On behalf of the family we thank you for all your support, but ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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It’s with the deepest regret that we inform our supporters & friends that Dale Sharpe passed away in Kansas in the United States on the 20 June, 2019 Dale was driving on Highway 2 north east of Harper where he struck a deer. Dale’s vehicle was disabled on the road and he sought safety calling for assistance. The vehicle started to billow smoke from the engine bay and Dale sought refuge on the side of the road. A passing motorist avoided colliding with the stranded vehicle at the last moment by leaving the road. Dale ran for cover into a ditch, however it’s understood the same oncoming vehicle sought refuge in the same direction simultaneously and he was subsequently struck. He was treated by health care professionals on scene and in hospital, however passed away at 2.14am. Dale was loved by many and will be deeply missed. On behalf of the family we thank you for all your support, but ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. If you would like to donate to help bring Dale home, click the Go Fund Me account below (or in our bio):

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Mr Sharpe’s being remembered as a successful, passionate photographer, loving partner and father and generous friend to all.

He was well known for his stunning shots of weather events and landscapes from around the world.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his partner and daughter.

It aims to raise $30,000, with more than $9,000 pledged already.

Contributors to the fund have expressed their shock on the page with Mr Sharpe described as a legend of the community and a true inspiration to those who followed his craft.

To donate, head to the GoFundMe page here

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