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Stella Young, Australian Comedian and Disabilities Advocate, Dies at 32

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 10:12 AM

Stella Young, a prominent Australian comedian, disabilities advocate, and journalist, has died. She was 32.

The Young family told the Australian Broadcasting Corp that Stella Young died Saturday of what they believed to be an aneurysm.

"With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Stella Young, our much-loved and irreplaceable daughter and sister," the family said in a statement.



Young was born with the bone condition osteogenesis imperfecta, which left her confined to a wheelchair, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. But, as with many things, she'd simply joke about her condition, saying she had "really dodgy bones."

ABC News managing director Mark Scott credited Young for allowing Australians to have open discussions about the disabled and the support they need in the country.

"She spoke and wrote with a searing honesty and . . . gave us insight into the lives of people with disabilities in a way that I don't think we'd really experienced before," Scott said.

Young was known in the country for a powerful performance she gave on the talk show "Q&A" in August 2011, the Morning Herald noted. Tony Burke, who appeared on the program with her, praised her on Twitter along with others.





Others also mourned Young on social media.





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