Colleen Burns, the 35-year-old Orlando, Florida tourist who fell to her death at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on Friday July 8th, was mourned by her musical hero Kaskade. The DJ-producer posted an Instagram photo of him and Burns with a lengthy caption about what her early support meant to him.
“Colleen showed up in my life before the tidal wave of support had hit,” Kaskade wrote. “And she always rose to the top of that wave. She had such an unmatched enthusiasm for life … She never wanted to be looked up to – it was genuine kindness, and absolute nurturing of a community she grew, form a soul that only knew love.” In addition to supporting his music, Burns ran a social media presence for Kaskade fans.
Remembering @colleenburns @kaskadekonnect Colleen showed up in my life before the tidal wave of support had hit. And she always rose to the top of that wave. She had such an unmatched enthusiasm for life; the fire in her eyes and that crazy infectious smile. Colleen was destined to be a star among us. She never wanted to be looked up to – it was genuine kindness, and absolute nurturing of a community she grew, from a soul that only knew love. I feel taken apart by the news of Colleen’s passing. I’m feeling what I’m guessing you are: numb and then such sadness. This changes the landscape of our community, but I am 100% certain that we will meet again. Until then, we preserve our favorite memories with Colleen – and remember the legacy she created – based on love and joy. We will get back there, together.
Burns, who worked as a marketing director at Yelp, was hiking the Grand Canyon with friends and family. She died falling 400 feet backward at the popular Ooh Aah Point, about a mile down the popular South Kaibab trail, The Associated Press reports. According to Burns’ friends, she lost her footing while taking photos of the sunrise.
The last photo she posted to Instagram was of the national aprtk’s grandeur with the caption “That view tho.” Earlier that day she posted a similar photo of a sunset at the Grand Canyon.