Kerri-Anne reveals hopes for future with John in unseen footage before his death

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley shares moving moments with her late husband in the footage. Source: SBS/Who Do You Think You Are?

Unseen footage of Kerri-Anne Kennerley and her late husband John is set to air on SBS, with the clip showing them sharing a moving moment together shortly before his death.

The Aussie TV star, 65, filmed scenes for TV show Who Do You Think You Are? before her husband passed away in February, with the intention of tracing her family history back.

She opens the episode – set to air on Tuesday – in her home, where she’s seen sharing a kiss and smile with her late husband before revealing her hopes for their future together.

John sustained spinal cord damage following a freak fall in 2016, when he slipped off a balcony at a golf course in Coffs Harbour. He was placed into an induced coma and taken to Sydney where he had emergency surgery on his spine, but the incident left him paralysed and he had to learn how to speak again.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley with her husband John before his death. Source: SBS/Who Do You Think You Are?
Kerri-Anne Kennerley with her husband John before his death. Source: SBS/Who Do You Think You Are?

Kerri-Anne cared for him in the years that followed, all the way up until his sudden death in February.

Now, never-before-seen footage will show her alongside John, revealing the huge impact the accident had on their life together.

“The reasons I could actually negotiate 30 to 50 years of television is because I have a fabulous husband,” she says on camera.

As the couple share a sweet kiss, Kerri-Anne says of his devastating accident: “It’s cruel, it’s crushing and our life as we knew it… not a line in the sand, a cavernous 3,000 foot drop.”

However, she remained hopeful for a happy future together at the time, with footage then showing her saying: “But, it is what it is and we will have a fabulous life together, it just won’t be the same as the other one.”

Kerri-Anne appears alongside John in the footage, taken before his death. Source: SBS/Who Do You Think You Are?
Kerri-Anne appears alongside John in the footage, taken before his death. Source: SBS/Who Do You Think You Are?

The TV personality announced her businessman husband’s passing on Instagram in February. The couple were married for 35 years.

“It’s with a heavy heart and awful sadness that I let you know that my beautiful husband John passed away last night,” she wrote at the time. “As you all know, John has faced some tremendous challenges over the past few years and with each he has been extraordinarily brave and determined to overcome those hurdles and live a normal life.

“I want to thank everyone at St Vincent’s Hospital for the beautiful care they have provided to John in his last days.”

Kerri-Anne explained that her husband passed away with her and his son Simon by his side. She described John as the love of her life.

The SBS show will follow the star as she traces both her mother and father’s sides of the family back, discovering the real reason her grandmother was abandoned, right through to the heartbreaking history on her father’s side which saw one of her relatives admitted to a mental institution.

Who Do You Think You Are? airs at 7.30pm, Tuesdays on SBS.

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