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Jamie Lamberski

Kaskade Mourns the Tragic Death of One of His Biggest Fans

We are sad to report the passing of Colleen Burns, a 35-year-old woman from Orlando, Florida gone too soon after a tragic accident at the Grand Canyon on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Colleen was hiking with friends on the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon National Park on Friday when she accidentally stepped off of the trail to make room for another hiker and fell to her death.

Colleen's parents told PEOPLE that she was "not afraid of anything" and knew how to "live life to the fullest." Her mother, Catherine, also told the magazine that the last thing Colleen said to her over the phone while preparing for her trip to the Grand Canyon was "'Mom, I'm content in my life… I want to travel and see the world.'"

Colleen worked as a regional marketing director for Yelp but was also a lover of dance music, particularly the music of Kaskade. Colleen ran online community for Kaskade fans.

Ryan Raddon aka Kaskade felt "taken apart by the news of Colleen’s passing" and took to his socials to express his grief and honor her legacy of love and joy.

"Colleen showed up in my life before the tidal wave of support had hit. And she always rose to the top of that wave. She had such an unmatched enthusiasm for life..." - Kaskade

Her mother Catherine described Colleen as having a "constant sparkle." Her parents told PEOPLE that she hopes everyone will "pay it forward in Colleen's memory and spread their own sparkle."

Remembering @colleenburns @kaskadekonnect Colleen showed up in my life before the tidal wave of support had hit. And she always rose to the top of that wave. She had such an unmatched enthusiasm for life;  the fire in her eyes and that crazy infectious smile. Colleen was destined to be a star among us. She never wanted to be looked up to - it was genuine kindness, and absolute nurturing of a community she grew, from a soul that only knew love. I feel taken apart by the news of Colleen’s passing. I’m feeling what I’m guessing you are: numb and then such sadness. This changes the landscape of our community, but I am 100% certain that we will meet again. Until then, we preserve our favorite memories with Colleen - and remember the legacy she created - based on love and joy. We will get back there, together.

A photo posted by @kaskade on

H/T Chicago Tribune
Source:
PEOPLE

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Jamie Lamberski Senior Editor

I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.

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