Disability activist Stella Young dies in Melbourne at 32
Australian comedian, broadcaster and disability activist Stella Young has died at the age of 32.
Stella Young’s family said that she died unexpectedly in Melbourne on December 6, ABC reported.
She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that caused her bones to break easily.
John Ajaka, NSW minister for disability services, said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of her death.
A joint statement from opposition leader Bill Shorten and Jenny Macklin, shadow minister for families, described her as “an inspiration”.
Stella Young began campaigning for disabled people from the age of 14. She was the former editor of ABC’s disability news and opinion website, Ramp Up.
Her family issued a statement saying that she had died “unexpectedly, but in no pain”.
“With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much-loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister,” the statement said.
“A private funeral will take place soon, followed by a public event in Melbourne, with more details to come.”
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