Lloyd Pennicuik, Australian Red Bull X-Alps athlete and pilot, died in January 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
He was 49.
On 3rd January 2014 Cross Country Mag wrote on their Facebook page:
A well-known adventure pilot Lloyd competed in two Red Bull X-Alps, 2007 and 2009. He also won places in the 2011 and 2013 events, but withdrew due to illness.
When he was not flying Lloyd made his living in an equally adventurous way – he always joked that people were far more interested in his job as a professional gold prospector than in his flying trips.
A writer as well as an adventurer Lloyd spent the final few months of his life at home in Australia, where he was cared for by friends. In September he started a blog detailing his life with cancer and reminiscing about his many flying adventures.
Tributes have been paid to him from across the free-flying world. US pilot Brad Sander, who helped care for Lloyd in the last few weeks of his life posted online: “Lloyd never wanted to talk about the end, he wanted to talk and focus on getting better and living. I think it’s a good reminder and lesson I’ve learned from Lloyd. Don’t be practical, dream big, get out of your comfort zone and try. Focus on the living.”
Lloyd’s final blog post, on Christmas Day read, “Take care everyone. Looking forward to making it into 2014.”
Blue skies Lloydy.