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Rikki Tako: Dad, 32, dies just a week after marrying the love of his life in perfect beach wedding – Daily Mail

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A young father has tragically died from a brain tumour just days after his perfect beach wedding.

Rikki Tako, 32, passed away on March 26, a week after marrying Nykala Garrett near New Plymouth, in New Zealand.

Ms Garrett had recently given up her job as a nurse at Taranaki Base Hospital in December last year to care for Mr Tako. 

He began experiencing seizures, memory loss, and headaches while he was recovering from a head injury sustained in a workplace accident.

However tests showed he had an aggressive and incurable cancer known as a brain stem glioblastoma, which can cause headaches, a loss of balance, weakness on one side of the face and difficulty walking. 

The tumour was pre-existing but it was believed the workplace accident led to its rapid growth, and had that not happened the tumour likely would not have been a problem for another 20 years.

It is understood that people working in the wedding industry offered their services so the couple could be married for free after Mr Tako’s diagnosis became public.

It came after the blended family of five went public with their financial hardship as they were both unable to work and still forced to cough up $700 rent each week.

More than $40,000 was donated to the family through a Givealittle page, which was set up to ‘help ease the financial burden for this young family’.

Ms Garrett previously said she was ‘speechless’, especially at the time when she was told her partner could have just weeks to live.

‘I just wasn’t expecting it to blow up as well as it did. The generosity has been insane,’ she told Stuff.

‘Just with how hard the economy has been hit at the moment, it’s so amazing how generous people still are.’

Mr Tako (pictured second left) began experiencing seizures, memory loss, and headaches while he was recovering from a head injury sustained in a workplace accident

Ms Garrett had recently given up her job as a nurse at Taranaki Base Hospital in December last year to care for Mr Tako (pictured together)

Now that money will go towards paying for Mr Tako’s funeral, something the widow feared she would have to take a loan to pay for.

‘I would have been paying it off for the rest of my life,’ she previously said. 

Meanwhile, Ms Garrett was summoned to a meeting with the Ministry of Social Development in March, where she was told her benefits would be adjusted to reflect that she was in a relationship.

She was also warned that the donated money could be considered an asset once it was paid to them, meaning some parts of their benefits would have been cut.

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