Karen Bernard, of Florida, was killed when she jumped from a plane to parachute in the Westford area of New York on Saturday around 9 a.m.
State police confirmed the death of the 59-year-old man in a press release.
It reads: “On July 24, 2021, shortly after 9:00 am, New York State Police responded to a report of a fatal skydiving incident in the area of County Highway 34 in the city. from Westford.
“A preliminary investigation revealed that Karen Bernard, 59, from Wildwood, FL jumped out of a plane to parachute when it appeared she had malfunctioned with her parachute.
“The investigation is continuing. “
Karen’s grieving brother also confirmed that she passed away with a Facebook ad.
He wrote: “It is with a sad heart that I must inform you and her family and friends that Karen passed away on Saturday July 24 in a skydiving-related accident.
“She was doing the things she loved to do. For the moment, no service is planned.
“Please refrain from asking questions at this time as we have no answers and we are not monitoring his page. We are all quite numb and in disbelief. Thank you for your understanding. “
Heartbroken friends of Karen have shared tributes on social media.
One of them wrote: “It is with great sadness that I announce that Karen Bernard passed away yesterday.
“Karen was a contagious person. His personality was larger than life.
“She was an artist in all areas of the craft. Karen was passionate about many things, including our community, and always tried to help make it a better community. RIP angel. “
Another posted: “Rest in Peace Aunt Karen Knapp Marr Bernard, your addictive personality will always be missed. Girls will miss their favorite aunt. “
A third friend posted: “Karen, I have no words for the loss I feel. You were always there for me when I needed help and information for my grandson. Without you, I wouldn’t have known which road to take. You will always have a huge piece of my heart.
“You better keep a hell of a bench up there because there’s a lot, a lot of people wanting you to keep them a seat next to you.” Me included, lay in pieces my friend, you will be missed by so many people. “