Russell Crowe and Mad Max director George Miller were among those to speak at a service to commemorate the life of disability advocate, actor, and author Quentin Kenihan on Sunday.
Journalist Ray Martin, TV personality Jane Kennedy, the SA Premier, Adelaide Mayor, family, friends, colleagues, and members of the public joined the 500 strong crowd in Adelaide to farewell the 43-year-old.
‘He was the bravest kid I’ve ever met… He was endlessly inspiring… I’m going to miss him very much. I’m happy to say I loved him,’ Oscar winner Crowe said via videolink.
Russell Crowe and Mad Max director George Miller were among those to speak at a service to commemorate the life of disability advocate, actor, and author Quentin Kenihan on Sunday (pictured together)
‘He was the bravest kid I’ve ever met… He was endlessly inspiring… I’m going to miss him very much. I’m happy to say I loved him,’ Oscar winner Crowe said via videolink
Among the mourners were Mad Max director George Miller, journalist Ray Martin (pictured), family, friends, colleagues, and members of the public
Quentin Kenihan’s mother Kerry Kenihan speaks at the memorial service
‘He was my little mate… we should all remember him in the best way,’ he said.
Crowe also shared a story of how the pair first met during a red carpet event in 1999.
The Gladiator actor had refused several interviews, but noticed Kenihan in the crowd and thought he would help out the fellow countryman.
‘You’re Australian?’ Crowe recalled him asking.
‘Great… can you tell me if Mel Gibson has been through yet?’ Kenihan said, Crowe laughed.
Kenihan died in Adelaide on October 6 from a suspected asthma attack.
He was born with the bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder left him wheelchair bound for much of his life.
Kenihan was most recently running for a spot on the Adelaide City Council on a platform of improved safety, technology and accessibility.
The SA Electoral Commission said it was too late to remove Kenihan’s name from ballot papers for the November elections and his votes will flow to the voter’s second preference.
George Miller (pictured) who directed Mad Max Fury Road was in attendance
ABC Radio Adelaide’s Mornings Presenter David Bevan is seen at the memorial service for disability activist, actor, and author Quentin Kenihan at Adelaide Town Hall
Guests are seen at the memorial service that was held in Adelaide on Sunday
The South Australian government vowed to honour him by contributing funds to build an inclusive playground in Adelaide.
Nicknamed the ‘little Aussie Battler’ for his short stature linked to his medical condition, Kenihan was best known for his role as Corpus Colossus in Mad Max: Fury Road and had a show about his life on Channel 10.
He first rose to prominence as a child in a series of interviews with Mike Willesee about his brittle bone disease.
Due to the congenital disorder, he has suffered more than 570 broken bones in his life. However, his death was reportedly from a suspected asthma attack.
The comedian recently performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and published his autobiography Not All Superheroes Wear Capes.
Friends and family were said to be shocked by his sudden death, along with the Australian entertainment community.
He suffered from brittle bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, causing his small stature and confining him to a wheelchair