Tributes to TV presenter and journalist Aideen Kennedy, who has died at the age of 43 after a terminal illness. She died hours after she posted on social media that she was receiving palliative care. On Friday, she tweeted that she asked her followers to “look out” for her children Jacob and Eva, whom she called “the dearest, sweetest and most thoughtful children.”
She posted a photo of the kids along with a photo of a card they made for her that said, “To Mom, I hope you get well soon. I love you so much.” Tributes to her from some of her former UTV colleagues . A spokeswoman for the station said in a statement: “The UTV family is deeply saddened by the passing of former colleague and friend Aideen Kennedy.
“She is a truly gifted journalist who has worked for UTV for many years, bringing viewers stories from all over Northern Ireland. “We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to her family at this very sad time. “
Forder DUP MLA Emma Little Pengelly said: “Our time on earth is over. “I’m sorry about that. No more pain or disease for you. No more worries or trauma.
“Life has given me the privilege of meeting the most beautiful and kind souls. Our walks and conversations were crazy and fun. Hope to see you again.” Former UTV political editor Ken Reid tweeted. “The thought of Aideen not being with us tonight is heartbreaking.
“A decent soul who has suffered so much. This news has shocked many of us. We must all be careful. God bless you. Rest in peace.” BBC’s Barabest also tweeted: “Sorry to hear that. Aiden is always happy to see her when she’s covering stories. Rest in peace.”
Kennedy’s parents, Noel and Maura, also survived. In a 2019 interview with the Belfast Telegraph, she said her sister Fiona died of cancer in 2016, while her brother Dara died of a brain tumor at the age of 35 less than a year ago.
Her brother Rory died in a traffic accident when he was one year old. “My mother, Maura, and my father, Noel, are the strongest, most caring people I know,” Kennedy said in the interview. “Because mom is a teacher and dad is Argentine, our kids have always been at the forefront.
“As a family, we are very people-oriented. We are a very close family and do a lot of things together.”