South Australian entertainer Quentin Kenihan is being remembered as one of Australia’s greatest disability advocates following his death at the age of 43.
The wheelchair-bound author, filmmaker and movie star had brittle bone disease but died after being taken to hospital on Saturday for breathing difficulties.
Best friend Filip Odzak said Mr Kenihan’s life was dedicated to advocating for those with disabilities and taught him there were no limitations.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) October 7, 2018
“He travelled the world and achieved things that no abled-body person could,” he told AAP on Sunday.
“His legacy is long-lasting and impactful.”
Mr Odzak said his mate was a “go-getter” who never took no for an answer.
“He had a sharp wit and a devilish sense of humour,” he told AAP on Sunday. “He was a ride or die friend, even in death we will ride together.”
Mr Odzak said he and others would complete Mr Kenihan’s bucket list in his honour, including having a park for children with disabilities in Adelaide.
Actor Russell Crowe said he was devastated by the loss of his “little mate”.
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
“The bravest bloke I ever met … not confined anymore,” he tweeted.
“Between your interviews, your book, your one man show, your zany little movies… what a creative and productive life.”
Mr Kenihan became a household name in the 1980s after a TV documentary with journalist Mike Willesee, which detailed his condition.
As an entertainer Mr Kenihan’s credits included starring in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road as Corpus Colossus and performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
He recently put his hand up to become an area councillor for Adelaide City Council at next month’s election.
Labor leader Bill Shorten and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne were among a raft of political heavyweights who’ve paid tribute.
“‘We all have the ability to find the inner superhero in ourselves’ – what a superhero Quentin Kenihan was,” Mr Shorten tweeted.
Mr Pyne said Mr Kenihan’s “drive, ambition and character” took him from the fringe festival to Hollywood, while being a strong advocate for people with disabilities.
Dignity Party board member Phillip Beddall told AAP Mr Kenihan “lit up the room” and had given disability a mainstream audience.