Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti ‘secretly fought early stages of Parkinson’s disease’

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Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti was ‘secretly fighting early stages of Parkinson’s disease’ prior to the opera’s ‘fragile’ designer’s tragic death

Carla Zampatti reportedly fought for the early stages of Parkinson’s disease prior to her tragic death on April 3.

Friends of the designer would have told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that Carla had been keeping her illness a secret for a while.

The news comes after Carla’s girlfriend Kerri-Anne Kennerley revealed heartbreaking details about how ‘frail’ Carla was before her tragic death.

Secret health battle: Carla Zampatti (pictured) was ‘secretly fighting Parkinson’s disease’ prior to her tragic death

According to mysterious insiders, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in the Australian fashion icon have become more pronounced in the past year.

However, this has yet to be officially confirmed by an official source close to Carla.

Speak against The Daily Telegraph Last week, journalist Kerri-Anne, 67, said: ‘Carla has [had] was quite fragile for a long time, she was so small. ‘

“I guess when she fell she hit her head badly and that ultimately led to her downfall,” added the TV host.

She ended, “I think she broke her head and neck, at the age and stage you just don’t recover.”

Health: Friends of the designer told The Daily Telegraph that Carla had kept her illness a secret, but her symptoms became more pronounced in the past year

Health: Friends of the designer told The Daily Telegraph that Carla had kept her illness a secret, but her symptoms became more pronounced in the past year

Earlier this month, Kerri-Anne paid tribute to her ‘best friend’ on social media.

“Carla was a brilliant designer, but above all a very nice and generous wife and good friend,” she wrote.

As neighbors, we have grown closer thanks to her escape artist pup and have had many fond memories and good times ever since. All my love, KAK, ‘she added.

Sad details: it comes after Kerri-Anne Kennerley revealed some heartbreaking details about her tragic death

Sad details: it comes after Kerri-Anne Kennerley revealed some heartbreaking details about her tragic death

Pay tribute: Kerri-Anne paid tribute to her 'best friend' on social media

Pay tribute: Kerri-Anne paid tribute to her ‘best friend’ on social media

Carla, 78, died on April 3, days after falling at an outdoor opera performance.

The mother of three and the grandmother of nine had been in hospital for a week after the accident.

Born in Italy in 1942, Zampatti migrated with her parents to Australia in 1950 at the age of nine and founded her famous fashion brand when she was 24.

Her designs have been worn by some of Australia’s most influential women, including Princess Mary of Denmark, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Mrs. Berejiklian.

Fashion icon: Carla, 78, died on April 3, days after falling at an outdoor opera performance.  Her designs have been worn by some of Australia's most influential women, including Princess Mary of Denmark and Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Fashion icon: Carla, 78, died on April 3, days after falling at an outdoor opera performance. Her designs have been worn by some of Australia’s most influential women, including Princess Mary of Denmark and Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Last week, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that Carla had been a role model as Australians for generations.

The pioneering fashion designer was said goodbye on Thursday at a state funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

Carla was named Australian Designer of the Year in 1994, was awarded the Australian Fashion Laureate in 2008 and a year later was named Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honor.

Role Model: Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that Carla had been a role model as Australians for generations

Role Model: Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that Carla had been a role model as Australians for generations

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