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Friends mourn 23yo Danni Hogan after Canada bridge death

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a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited The young Kiwi woman who jumped from a highway bridge in Canada has been described as "full of life" by those left in shock in the wake of her death.  

Danni Hogan, 23, died after jumping from the Trans-Canada Highway Bruhn Bridge in British Columbia, 20 metres above water, with three other women. 

Canadian police said they were not investigating any criminal element to her death, and those who knew Ms Hogan were shocked to hear about her tragic passing. 

Ms Hogan, from New Plymouth, left for Canada about a month ago with her partner Louis Aiello on a year-long trip. The bright-eyed blonde was described as "full of life" by Pina Simpson, a trainer at her martial arts gym. 

Ms Simpson, who runs the New Plymouth branch of Southern Tribes Aotearoa, told NZME Ms Hogan's death has "hit the crew hard" at the gym. Ms Hogan was said to be "an awesome young person with a beautiful smile". 

Before Ms Hogan allegedly jumped from the bridge, it's understood she was suffering from some medical distress, according to reports. But the reason for her alleged jump from the bridge hasn't been confirmed, and her death has been referred to the local coroner. 

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Ms Hogan's father, Brian, had posted on her partner Mr Aiello's Facebook page on July 28 saying he shed a tear when he fare-welled the couple before they left for Canada. 

Mr Aiello has received support from social media users who have sent him their condolences. Amy Smith told him: "So sorry for your loss Louis I couldn't even imagine how your [sic] feeling. Sending heaps of love your way."

The New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa said in a statement it is "in contact with local authorities regarding the death of a New Zealand citizen in Canada. For privacy reasons no further information will be provided."

"Tragically this is the second water related death in Sicamous this summer," said Sicamous Detachment Commander Sergeant Murray McNeil.

"While we want to encourage people to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer, we cannot stress enough the importance of paying attention to advisories and signage which are put in place to ensure your safety."

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