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New Zealand dance teacher, Kelsey Helena Davidson, dies after just a day's illness



A New Zealand dance teacher who died after just a day's illness is being remembered as a 'sparkle' and a 'joy' with a passion for dance.

Christchurch woman Kelsey Helena Davidson, 26, died on Thursday after she was struck with an illness just a day before.

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The young woman died of suspected meningococcal disease, according to Stuff.co.nz.

Her cousin Lachlan Woods-Davidson posted a tribute on Monday, which reportedly would have been her birthday.

"Happy birthday cousin Kels," he wrote.

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'Make sure that if you ever get a chance to go visit family, you don't pass it up.'

"I never thought I could be so thankful for having to eat Weet-Bix for every meal, after blowing my month's budget to come visit a couple weeks ago," Woods-Davidson added.

"Make sure that if you ever get a chance to go visit family, you don't pass it up.

"You really never know when it will be the last time you get to be with them."

The teacher's Instagram page shows a passionate woman who loved all things dance and travel.

She founded Zed Creek, now Radical Step Dance Studio, in 2012 where she appears to have been teaching just days before her death.

According to the company website, the dancer saw herself as a promoter of the dynamic city of Christchurch and a lover of the outdoors.

"Kelsey has a love for the outdoors with her main passion being snow skiing," the website explained.

"Which leads her to explore the unique parts of New Zealand and exotic locations around the world."

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One of Davidson's Instagram followers posted a number of images in a dance studio with her alongside the caption "I miss you".

Her family has published a notice following her sudden death.

"On September 26, 2019, taken from us after a day’s illness, aged 26 years. Kelsey, our sparkle, our joy, our all the world."


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