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Jaimi Kenny dies: Sister Morgan Gruell breaks her silence on the tragedy

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The younger sister of Jaimi Kenny has shared her grief in a heart-wrenching tribute.

Jaimi, the eldest daughter of Aussie sporting royalty Grant Kenny and Lisa Curry, died at the age of 33 on Monday after battling an eating disorder for years.

Morgan Gruell remembered her ‘beautiful big sister’ on Tuesday in an emotional Instagram post, saying she will ‘forever miss’ her.

'It still doesn't feel real': Jaimi Kenny's (left) devastated sister Morgan Gruell (right) has broken her silence on her tragic death. The sisters are pictured here in an undated photo

‘It still doesn’t feel real’: Jaimi Kenny’s (left) devastated sister Morgan Gruell (right) has broken her silence on her tragic death. The sisters are pictured here in an undated photo

‘It still doesn’t feel real that you are not here,’ began Morgan.

‘I am so grateful for the time that I had you as my big sister. I am grateful that Flynn [Morgan’s son] got two and a half years with his aunty.

‘I am grateful for you doing my hair and letting me borrow your clothes. I am grateful for you. There is no one like you.

‘I love you so much and will forever miss you. Rest now beautiful sister. You will never be forgotten.’ 

'You will never be forgotten': Morgan remembered her 'beautiful big sister' on Tuesday in an emotional Instagram post (above), saying she will 'forever miss' her

‘You will never be forgotten’: Morgan remembered her ‘beautiful big sister’ on Tuesday in an emotional Instagram post (above), saying she will ‘forever miss’ her

Morgan accompanied her touching post with a throwback photo of herself and Jaimi in happier times. 

The picture showed the sisters posing at a garden party in cocktail dresses while turning to smile at one another.

Morgan is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan Gruell, and the couple share a two-year-old son, Flynn.

Jaimi was one of the bridesmaids at her sister’s beachside wedding in Noosa, Queensland, in May 2016.

Memories: Jaimi (far left) was a bridesmaid at her sister Morgan's (centre left) wedding to Ryan Gruell in May 2016. The beachside ceremony took place in Noosa, Queensland

Memories: Jaimi (far left) was a bridesmaid at her sister Morgan’s (centre left) wedding to Ryan Gruell in May 2016. The beachside ceremony took place in Noosa, Queensland

The Curry-Kenny family confirmed Jaimi’s death in a statement on Monday afternoon.

‘It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,’ read the statement by Jaimi’s father, Grant.

‘Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,’ it continued.

‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.

RIP: Jaimi (left), the eldest daughter of Aussie sporting royalty Grant Kenny (centre) and Lisa Curry (right), died at the age of 33 on Monday after battling an eating disorder for years. Pictured on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

RIP: Jaimi (left), the eldest daughter of Aussie sporting royalty Grant Kenny (centre) and Lisa Curry (right), died at the age of 33 on Monday after battling an eating disorder for years. Pictured on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Struggle: While the family's statement on Monday afternoon didn't specify the nature of Jaimi's illness, it's understood she had long battled an eating disorder. Pictured: Lisa carries Jaimi on her shoulders after winning gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland

Struggle: While the family’s statement on Monday did not specify the nature of Jaimi’s illness, it’s understood she had long battled an eating disorder. Pictured: Lisa carrying Jaimi on her shoulders after winning gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand

Infant: Jaimi  is pictured as a baby with her father, Grant Kenny, in a family photo from 1987

Infant: Jaimi  is pictured as a baby with her father, Grant Kenny, in a family photo from 1987

‘We thank the incredible team at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for their tireless commitment to making her better and giving us the extra time we were able to spend with her.

‘It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for family and friends and we trust we will all be allowed to grieve in privacy.’

While the family’s statement did not specify the exact nature of Jaimi’s illness, it’s understood she had long battled an eating disorder.

Her family had supported her through years of treatment at the End ED private clinic on the Sunshine Coast.

Jaimi is survived her her sister Morgan, brother Jett, mother Lisa, father Grant and younger half-sister Trixie, from Grant’s relationship with radio host Fifi Box.

For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE 

Family ties: Jaimi is survived her her sister Morgan, brother Jett, mother Lisa, father Grant and younger half-sister Trixie, from Grant's relationship with radio host Fifi Box. The Kenny-Curry family tree is explained in this graphic

Family ties: Jaimi is survived her her sister Morgan, brother Jett, mother Lisa, father Grant and younger half-sister Trixie, from Grant’s relationship with radio host Fifi Box. The Kenny-Curry family tree is explained in this graphic

LISA CURRY’S DAUGHTER LONG BATTLED AN EATING DISORDER 

Rest in peace: Jaimi Kenny is pictured with her mother, Lisa

Rest in peace: Jaimi Kenny is pictured with her mother, Lisa

By Josh Hanrahan  

The daughter of Australian sporting greats Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic.

Jaimi Kenny passed away at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday morning surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father.

The 33-year-old had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Shattered staff at the clinic said they could not discuss Jaimi’s struggle, but told how she became part of the ‘family’ over the years.

Despite her struggles with weight, friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her. 

Lisa Curry marked her daughter’s death with a tragic statement.

‘Our hearts are completely broken. Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side,’ Lisa wrote.

‘So loved. So beautiful. So kind to everyone… So painful. I can barely breathe.’

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