Kellie Dickerson has died aged just 53.
The Australian musical theatre director misplaced her fight with Various Program Atrophy (MSA) – a rare neurodegenerative disorder.
Her agent, Functioning Management, confirmed the unhappy information with fans on Instagram on Tuesday.
‘It was equally a pleasure and honour to be your pal and agent. You gave so a lot to so several,’ the article commenced.
‘A legitimate icon of the marketplace. Your electricity, kindness and expertise had been boundless,’ they ongoing.
Kellie Dickerson (pictured) has died aged 53. The beloved Australian musical theatre director lost her fight with Several Procedure Atrophy (MSA) – a rare neurodegenerative disorder
‘You hardly ever gave up the battle, humour, grace or Wordle!’
Musical threatre star Rhonda Burchmore was among the all those who shared a tribute on Instagram.
‘Rest in peace darling Kellie and fly large gorgeous lady – MSA is the cruelest of neurological health conditions -I know whole very well as this is the same disorder that took my sister’s lifestyle absent,’ she wrote.
‘Now you can be reunited with darling Rob. A great deal adore to your attractive parents, Toni and John who cared so splendidly for you. I am so incredibly sad.’
She was diagnosed with MSA in 2020 after very first noticing symptoms this sort of as very low blood stress and slurred speech in 2018. Pictured with musical theatre star Lucy Durack
Musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore was amid those who shared a tribute on Instagram. ‘I am so incredibly unfortunate,’ she wrote
Dickerson dropped her companion, Rob Guest, to a stroke when he was just 57 in 2008.
She was diagnosed with MSA in 2020 after first noticing indicators these kinds of as low blood force and slurred speech in 2018.
It was a two-yr struggle to get a analysis, with the director demanding an MRI just before she bought the terrible information.
‘First of all I discovered my harmony was bad so I would stumble, and the 2nd issue was my speech was a tiny slurred as if I was drunk, but of system I wasn’t. I wouldn’t consume at operate,’ she told Limelight.
‘I went to a doctor and I demanded an MRI scan for the reason that I thought it was far better to know than not to know, and the initially a single arrived again standard and so they reported “you are insane”, and I reported “no, there is some thing not quite right”‘ Dickerson continued.
Kellie is pictured with Lucy Durack, Helen Dallimore, Jemma Rix and Amanda Harrison
‘Basically the past two yrs have been a whirlwind of health professionals, with me insisting that one thing was not right and them stating anything was fine.
‘And gradually the 2nd MRI showed one thing not ideal, but it wasn’t a brain tumour, it was not cancer – which is something to be grateful for – and not MS. It was this uncommon affliction called MSA.’
A number of technique atrophy (MSA) is a rare, degenerative neurological dysfunction affecting the body’s involuntary features, which includes blood strain and motor management.
It shares many signs with Parkinson’s ailment, has no get rid of and has an common lifetime expectancy of 7-10 decades from the time signs to start with look.
Dickerson retired from theatre in 2020 and as her condition progressed, she moved residence to Dubbo, NSW, in which she was cared for by her mothers and fathers.
She was an award-profitable theatre director, finest acknowledged for helming productions of the musicals Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility and Metropolis of Angels.
Dickerson was an award-profitable theatre director, ideal recognised for helming productions of the musicals Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility and City of Angels