Former UTV News Reporter Aideen Kennedy has tragically passed away at 43-years-old following her battle with a terminal illness.
Aideen had shared news of her diagnosis, earlier this week writing; “So life has not gone well and I am as sick as I was as when I went in to hospital so essentially going home to die but getting palliative care.”
“The kids know. If you ever come across them, will you an eye out for them, they are the kindest, sweetest most thoughtful kiddies.”
UTV released a statement honouring Aideen, saying; “The UTV family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former colleague and friend Aideen Kennedy.”
“A truly gifted reporter, she spent many years at UTV bringing viewers stories from all over Northern Ireland.”
“We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to her family at this very sad time,”
Many of her friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to Aideen.
Her former UTV colleague Rita Fitzgerald said; “Darling Aideen, I’m so desperately sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you.”
Her friend Emma Little-Pengally wrote; “Absolutely devastated. My beautiful, funny, kind friend Aideen has passed away.”
“I will miss her terribly. We met 22 years ago when we shared a room for the summer in DC and became firm friends. Goodbye beautiful girl.”
UTV News co-worker Ken Reid, said; “Tonight the thought Aideen is no longer with us is just heart breaking. A decent soul who suffered too much. The news has stunned many of us. We all need to take care. God bless her. RIP.”
Our thoughts and prays are with Aideen’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time.