Quentin Kenihan, who become a household name after appearing on TV with Mike Willesee in the 1980s, has died at the age of 43.
It is understood the Adelaide actor, entertainer and personality died on Saturday evening. According to The Australian, he was attended by ambulance officers after experiencing breathing difficulties but was unable to be revived.
Kenihan, who was born with a bone disease called osteogenesis, became known as the “little Aussie Battler” during his youth after appearing on television with Australian veteran Willesee.
Tributes have started flowing in for Kenihan, with Australian actor Russell Crowe taking to Twitter to pay tribute. Crowe tweeted: “Devastating news. My little mate , the bravest bloke I ever met… gone. We will meet again.
“Not confined any more … Between your interviews, your book, your one man show, your zany little movies …what a creative and productive life. Lots of love.”
Devastating news. My little mate , the bravest bloke I ever met… gone . We will meet again … @qkenihan . Not confined any more …
Between your interviews, your book, your one man show, your zany little movies …what acreative and productive life.
Lots of love.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) October 7, 2018
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The ABC said: “He was widely regarded as an inspirational figure because of his ability to triumph in the face of adversity.”
During his life, Kenihan had a television series on Network Ten, acted in the action film Mad Max: Fury Road, wrote an autobiography in 2016 titled Not All Superheroes Wear Capes and was most recently running for a spot on the Adelaide City Council.