Memorial service pays tribute to life of ‘fabulous’ Quentin Kenihan

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High-profile mourners including actor Russell Crowe and presenter Osher Gunsberg have paid tribute to disability advocate, actor and author Quentin Kenihan.

More than 500 people attended a service at the Adelaide Town Hall to commemorate the life of Mr Kenihan, who was born with the bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta and died earlier this month aged 43.

Mr Crowe, who met Mr Kenihan on a red carpet in about 1999, remembered him as “fabulous” and “the bravest kid I’ve ever met”.

“I took an interest in what he did because I thought his achievements were outstanding,” he said in a video message played at the service.

“I’m happy to say that I loved him and he was my little mate.”

Video recordings from Mr Gunsberg and singer Jewel Kilcher were also played, while journalists Ray Martin and David Bevan attended to share their favourite memories.

Australian filmmaker George Miller.

Australian filmmaker George Miller.

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Mr Kenihan became a household name in the 1980s after a TV documentary with journalist Mike Willesee detailed his brittle bone condition.

He had a television series on Channel 10, acted in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and penned an autobiography.

Kenihan was most recently running for a spot on the Adelaide City Council on a platform of improved safety, technology and accessibility.

Sunday’s service was emceed by Mr Kenihan’s friend, Filip Odzak, and his mother, Kerry, and sister, Sia, each reflected on his life.

“In all the ways that really mattered, Quentin wasn’t handicapped at all,” Kerry Kenihan said.

Attendees at Quentin Kenihan's memorial service.

Mourners at Quentin Kenihan’s memorial service.

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Mad Max director George Miller told mourners he has forged a career telling hero stories, but Mr Kenihan showed him a real-life meaning.

“(Here was) someone struggling against adversity, against dark forces, going off on tremendous adventures,” Mr Miller told those gathered at the Adelaide Town Hall.

“Most importantly … relinquishing their self-interests for some greater good, and that’s Quentin.”

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