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‘Spirit of adventure’ defined life of woman killed while skydiving in Gimli, father says

The thing Gerrie du Toit will remember most about his daughter Jean is her spirit of adventure, he says.

The 53-year-old woman died while skydiving with three others near Gimli, Man., on Saturday.

Her father, speaking to CBC News from Arizona, said his daughter was spiritual, participating regularly in meditation retreats in between working in Manitoba’s film industry and her adventures abroad.

“She’d go whitewater rafting and … skiing, and at one stage, she went to Mongolia to ride horses in the desert,” he said. 

“This is what kept her sane and kept her going.”

Jean du Toit was an experienced skydiver with more than 100 jumps, and her father said investigators told him on the day she died, everything seemed normal.

“She was with other jumpers and they jumped out of the plane, and her chute did open,” he said.

“And I think something like halfway down, she started spiralling out. The chute just folded and she plunged.”

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