Friends and family have been paying tribute to 23-year-old Kleyo De Abreu after she died in a bungee jumping accident in Spain on Tuesday.
Close friend Siki Msuseni told BuzzFeed News that De Abreu "taught me how to dream. She followed her dreams. She told me to follow mine."
In an email, Msuseni said:
Today I lost a friend. A woman mature for her age, Kleyo was calm. She kept me sane when I would hyperventilate over life issues. Kleyo had a good heart and never wished ill upon anyone. She was effortlessly beautiful.
She taught me how to dream. She followed her dreams. She told me to follow mine. She loved carelessly. She dropped everything to travel.
She was my style icon, her collection of vintage gems was amazing. Kleyo was flawlessly beautiful and her good heart made her even more beautiful.
I'm pained by Kleyo's death but at peace that she fulfilled most of her dreams especially being reunited with her father, she also left interior design to follow her true passion, the fashion industry. I was scheduled to go to Europe in the winter to see her and her family but now she is gone, and I am hurt.
Msuseni spoke of De Abreu's closeness to her mother, who she said is devastated by the loss:
I am so sad but during these trying times I think of her mother whom she lived with here in Cape Town. Kleyo was her mother's EVERYTHING, they were clockwork and loved each other so much. They had a very solid bond and I can imagine how devastated her mother is.
I will miss our late nights as interior design students, our lunch dates, our endless thread messages of life dramas on Facebook and WhatsApp.
She leaves behind her family and friends also a very loving boyfriend.
I will forever miss Kleyo.
De Abreu's father, Bernard Atwell, yesterday described her as "sweet, caring, bubbly and focused".
He added that "my daughter is gone and nothing is going to bring her back, but I have spoken to the family and we are all on the same page – we don't want something like this to happen again".
A Facebook group, RIP Kleyo De Abreu, has been set up where friends, as well as strangers who have been moved by her death, have been paying tribute.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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