‘I feel cheated’: Kerri-Anne Kennerley admits she’s still ‘angry’ over husband John’s death – as she reveals the heartbreaking question he asked her after an accident left him quadriplegic

Australian TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley has spoken candidly about the death of her husband John, admitting she feels ‘angry’ and ‘cheated’.

John died in February, aged 75, almost three years after a freak accident at a Coffs Harbour golf course in March 2016 left him a quadriplegic.

In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Kerri-Anne reflected on her life since John’s passing – and also revealed for the first time the heartbreaking question John asked her while he was fighting for his life in hospital. 

'I feel cheated': Australian TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley has spoken candidly about the death of her husband John in February this year

‘I feel cheated’: Australian TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley has spoken candidly about the death of her husband John in February this year

‘I feel cheated, not just for myself and my loss but also for John and the life that he should have continued to live,’ said Kerri-Anne. 

The 66-year-old Logie winner added that John’s father lived to be 100 years old, so she always assumed her husband would have a long life. 

‘So anger, as a word, doesn’t even begin to cover what I feel,’ she said. 

Emotional: 'I feel cheated, not just for myself and my loss but also for John and the life that he should have continued to live,' Kerri-Anne told The Australian Women's Weekly

Emotional: ‘I feel cheated, not just for myself and my loss but also for John and the life that he should have continued to live,’ Kerri-Anne told The Australian Women’s Weekly

The Studio 10 panelist also revealed the question John asked her as he battled to recover in hospital following major surgery.

The operation was supposed to help him breathe properly, but as he woke up in his hospital bed, John had seemingly given up hope.

‘I watched as he slowly mouthed the words, “How hard do you want me to try?”‘ Kerri-Anne said.

She confessed it was ‘difficult’ to hear these words from her husband, and she still gets upset thinking about it. 

'How hard do you want me to try?' Kerri-Anne also revealed for the first time the heartbreaking question John asked her while he was fighting for his life in hospital

‘How hard do you want me to try?’ Kerri-Anne also revealed for the first time the heartbreaking question John asked her while he was fighting for his life in hospital

In June, Kerri-Anne spoke to The Sunday Telegraph about the immediate aftermath of John’s devastating fall in 2016. 

‘The first thing John asked me was, “Am I paraplegic?” she said. ‘I couldn’t say to him at the time, “You’re not that lucky”.’

Kerri-Anne, who was John’s primary carer before his death, added: ‘He could not feed himself, he could not put a fork in his mouth. He couldn’t use the remote button. He couldn’t turn a page.’ 

Difficult times: Kerri-Anne became John's primary carer before his death

Difficult times: Kerri-Anne became John’s primary carer before his death

Kerri-Anne is now determined to help other families dealing with a similar tragedy. 

After attending the opening of the Concord Golf Course last year, she approached NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and demanded more funding for spinal injury research.

This conversation sparked a series of meetings with Berejiklian and research group Spinal-Cure Australia.

As a result of Kerri-Anne’s persistence, it was announced in June that $15million would be dedicated to spinal research as part of the new State Budget.

Activism: Kerri-Anne is now determined to help other families dealing with a similar tragedy

Activism: Kerri-Anne is now determined to help other families dealing with a similar tragedy 

In August, Kerri-Anne slammed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for discrimination against elderly paralysis victims after John was denied the best care after his accident. 

‘They have taken this magic red line and put it under the age of 65, which eliminates anyone over the age of 64 and nine months,’ she told The Sunday Telegraph.

‘I think the government should be sued on this because it is not an age-related injury. They need to put up a test case and literally sue them for age discrimination.’

Success: As a result of Kerri-Anne's persistence, it was announced in June that $15million would be dedicated to spinal research as part of the new State Budget. Pictured: Kerri-Anne and John on their wedding day

Success: As a result of Kerri-Anne’s persistence, it was announced in June that $15million would be dedicated to spinal research as part of the new State Budget. Pictured: Kerri-Anne and John on their wedding day

Read all about it: The latest edition of The Australian Women's Weekly is out now

Read all about it: The latest edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly is out now



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