TV reporter Laura Turner has paid tribute to her sister Skye on the two-year anniversary of her tragic death after she died of a heroin overdose.
The Channel Nine journalist received a heartbreaking phone call from her mother Marie after her sister was found dead inside a van at the age of 36 in March 2017.
TV reporter Laura Turner (left) has paid tribute to her sister Skye (right) on the two-year anniversary of her tragic death after she died of a heroin overdose
The Channel Nine journalist (pictured) received a heartbreaking phone call from her mother Marie after her sister was found dead at the age of 36 following a drug addiction in March 2017
Skye (pictured) tragically died following a drug addiction in March 2017
‘She was a beautiful, headstrong, complicated soul whose troubles wove their way through my life and wrapped so tightly around me that at times I felt I could have suffocated,’ Laura said.
‘Skye taught me a love I once never knew. It was an unconditional love. It was a love that transcended the false hope, disappointment and utter heartbreak that the siblings of addicts have to cope with.’
Laura said she was bracing herself for the day she would have to tell her twin daughters Matilda and Isabel – who were born in November last year – about their aunt Skye.
‘I’ll have to explain why sometimes mum has to break her gaze because all she can see in their eyes is her own sister staring back at her,’ Laura said.
She will also teach her daughters the ‘life lessons’ she learnt, such as ‘helping’ the ‘helpless’ and finding ‘hope in the hopeless’.
Laura said she will also teach her daughters the ‘life lessons’ she learnt, such as helping the ‘helpless’ and finding ‘hope in the hopeless’
Laura said she was bracing herself for the day she would have to tell her twin daughters Matilda and Isabel – who were born in November last year – about their aunt Skye
Laura revealed her anguish after her sister Skye battled with an addiction behind closed doors
In June 2017, the TV reporter bravely covered her own sister’s death in a gut-wrenching interview with her mother Marie for A Current Affair.
‘My sister was beautiful and intelligent, she was three years older than me and she was my idol. She was an exceptional sprinter from a young age and went on to be a Victorian sprint champion,’ Laura said.
‘But Skye had her demons, and later in life addiction took over.’
Interviewing her own mother, Marie revealed how she begged the hospital to keep her daughter Skye in a psychiatric ward for treatment just days before she died.
‘She told me … that she was worthless and that she may as well die,’ Marie recalled.
The worried mother – who was with her daughter in hospital at the time – alerted medical staff after she started ‘threatening her own life’.
‘I said, “My daughter has threatened her own life. She has told me that she wants to die, that her life is not worth living, she has told me this today because I had been in the room with her”,’ Marie said.
In June 2017, the TV reporter (right) bravely covered her own sister’s death in a gut-wrenching interview with her mother Marie (left) for A Current Affair
Mother Marie (pictured) revealed what really happened in the days leading up to her daughter Skye’s tragic death following a drug overdose
But Marie claimed hospital staff responded: ‘They all say that.’
Despite her daughter’s suicidal admission, Marie claimed the hospital released her daughter into the care of another heroin addict.
When her mother asked why, she was told ‘she just needs to get off the drugs’.
And just days later on March 10, 2017, police officers arrived at Marie’s home to deliver the tragic news.
‘One of them said “there’s no easier way for me to say this…” I knew I had lost Skye, I knew that she was gone.’
Laura added: ‘We knew Skye was suffering but she didn’t tell us how seriously. She never mentioned she turned to heroin.
‘The thing that hurts too is the fact that we had no idea. She was ashamed to ask or tell us what she was doing. And then she was gone.’
Laura (left) has spoken openly about her sister Skye’s (right) death in an effort to save lives
The family have been campaigning for safe injection rooms across the country for drug addicts in an effort to raise awareness to prevent more deaths
The family have been campaigning for safe injection rooms across the country for drug addicts in an effort to raise awareness to prevent more deaths.
Last year on August 31, Laura shared a photograph of herself and her late sister on International Overdose Awareness Day.
‘This is my sister and I. Skye died from a heroin overdose. One of the heaviest weights on her shoulders was the burden of shame and stigma that she felt from society,’ Laura wrote.
‘It came from strangers, from those quick to judge without knowing her plight, and even from the medical fraternity.
‘Please spare a thought for those suffering from addiction… and do your best to end the stigma and shame associated with drug addiction.
‘To shame someone is to drive them deeper into the darkness. To reach out to them is to reinforce hope. There can be no recovery without hope.
‘I love you Skye and will never be the same without you.’
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