Wife-to-be, four kids left without dad
IN A CRUEL twist of fate, a Sunshine Coast father has been killed by the same thing that claimed his mother's life - a severe asthma attack.
Jared Hossack saw his mother die right before his eyes when he was only 17 years old, a fate he always feared for himself.
He passed away on Sunday at his Beerwah home after suffering an attack during a family barbecue, despite attempts made to resuscitate the 34-year-old by friends and emergency crews.
The tragic death has rocked the small community, which has come together to support Jared's partner Annie and their four children.
Jared and his partner Annie share one child together, two-year-old Everly Grae, described by family members as "the light of his life".
He had also stepped into the father role for Annie's other three children, Asha, 9, Braydan, 7, and Dylan, 12.
In the wake of Jared's sudden death, Annie's sister Jenna Quartermain set up an online fundraising account to ease the financial burden on the family which raised more than $11,000 in over 24 hours.
"With him gone there's no funds for my sister to move forward with the children ... there's no savings," Mrs Quartermain said.
"He was her rock, he was the breadwinner but it's more than that ... she just can't imagine what the future looks like without him."
All the money raised will go towards Jared's funeral expenses and ongoing family costs such as bills and rent.
Mr Hossack's death comes exactly three months before what would have been his wedding day, with his wife-to-be now dealing with the burden of calling off their big day.
"They were planning a wedding and now they're planning a funeral," Mrs Quartermain said. "It's just a kick in the guts with every RSVP that arrives because it's supposed to be a happy time."
Despite their grief, Mrs Quartermain expressed the family's thanks to emergency crews and family friend Geoff Neucom.
"(Geoff) tried until Jared's last breath to keep him alive," she said.
"There's no way we can thank him enough, and ambulance officers and police."