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Victorian Labor senator Kimberley Kitching has died.
Senator Kitching, 52, died of a suspected heart attack on Thursday afternoon.
Many have been shocked by her sudden passing, social media has been flooded with an outpouring of grief.
The former lawyer, policy adviser, Melbourne City councillor and union official was elected to Parliament in 2016.
The former lawyer, policy adviser, Melbourne City councillor and union official was elected to Parliament in 2016
Labor leader Anthony Albanese announced Kitching’s tragic passing on Twitter.
He said: ‘The Labor family is in shock tonight at the tragic news that our friend and colleague Senator has died suddenly in Melbourne.’
‘My sincere condolences to her family. Kimberley will be missed by us all.’
Senator Kitching is married to Andrew Landeryou.
During her maiden speech to parliament she spoke about her hope to represent everyday Australian people.
‘As a former Queenslander who grew up swimming, a proud holder of a bronze medallion, who continues to enjoy swimming in Victoria’s chillier waters, I am daunted yet delighted to be thrown in the deep end right here and now,’ she said.
‘I am mindful and deeply humbled that only 591 Australians have ever served in the Senate,’ she said.
‘I am mindful that so much that is great about this nation comes from rising to meet challenges.’
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Kimberley Kitching (left) and her husband Andrew Landeryou are seen during her swearing in at a joint sitting of the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne
Victorian Labor senator Kimberley Kitching has died of a suspected heart attack
Source: Daily Mail