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Ex-MP Jaye Radisich loses cancer battle
Jaye Radisich. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Former State Labor MP Jaye Radisich has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Ms Radisich, who has been in palliative care at St John of God Hospital for the past two weeks, passed away peacefully around 11am this morning aged 35. Her condition deteriorated rapidly in the past week.

After being originally diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour, Ms Radisich had a kidney removed and after five years of clear scans, thought that the worst was behind her.

Tragically, Ms Radisich had a recurrence as the cancer had spread to her other kidney and other organs.

After being told that chemotherapy would not be effective, the 35-year-old set off to China to seek alternative treatment but after returning to WA for the Christmas and New Year period, Ms Radisich grew ill and could not return for further treatment.

Ms Radisich became the youngest woman to be elected to WA parliament in 2001, representing the Swan Hills electorate. She retired from politics in 2008.

She is survived by her partner Brad Maguire.

Tributes are flowing from Ms Radisich's friends and former parliamentary colleagues.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the entire party was saddened by the loss.

"It’s terribly tragic that someone so young with so much to offer has passed away. It’s very unfair," Mr McGowan said.

Shadow treasurer Michelle Roberts said she had lost a “good, close friend” that would be missed by all.

“She was very bright and vivacious, always full of energy, so it was very hard to see her suffer through the last couple of weeks,” Ms Roberts said.

“She was an extremely energetic member for Swan Hills who never took ‘no’ for an answer.”

“She will be really missed by everybody in the Swan Valley.”

Shadow police minister Margaret Quirk also paid tribute to Ms Radisich's fighting spirit.

Ms Quirk said the trait was evident both in her professional life and during her fight with illness.

"She was never intimidated by a challenge," she said.

"She certainly showed a lot of bravery and courage."

Ms Quirk said Ms Radisich was a passionate MP whose legacy lasted way beyond her two terms in parliament.

The West Australian

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