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Kris Jenner, 68, announces sister Karen has died aged 65 with an emotional message

Kris Jenner shared a number of unseen photos


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: Kris Jenner attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
Bryony Gooch
US Writer
19 March 2024
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Kris Jenner took to Instagram to announce "with the heaviest heart and deepest sadness" that her sister, Karen Houghton, passed away on March 18 aged 65.

The 68-year-old mom-of-six shared a number of unseen photos of the two together over the years, including snaps with their mom Mary Jo Campbell, a young Kourtney Kardashian, and the late Robert Kardashian.

Kris shared a throwback photo of Karen© @krisjenner Instagram
Kris shared a throwback photo of Karen

Kris penned an emotional tribute to her sister: "It is with the heaviest heart and deepest sadness that I share that my sister Karen passed away yesterday unexpectedly. My heart aches for my mom MJ and my niece Natalie and I pray that God guides us all through this difficult time." 

A photo of Kris and Karen together at a young age© @krisjenner Instagram
A photo of Kris and Karen together at a young age

She added: "Karen was beautiful inside and out. She was the sweetest, kindest, the most sensitive and vulnerable and so so funny. She always felt grateful and thankful for her life and treasured her family and friends and especially her beautiful daughter." 

Robert Kardashian, photographed with Kris, Karen and MJ© @krisjenner Instagram
Robert Kardashian, photographed with Kris, Karen and MJ

"She holds such a huge part of my heart and I cherish every single memory we have together. Karen’s passing is a reminder that life is so short and precious and tomorrow is never promised. We must tell those we cherish how much we love them." 

A young Kourtney Kardashian with aunt Karen and her grandmother MJ© @krisjenner Instagram
A young Kourtney Kardashian with aunt Karen and her grandmother MJ

To sign off the heartbreaking announcement, she added: "I love you my beautiful sister."

Karen with her mom MJ© @krisjenner Instagram
Karen with her mom MJ

Not much is known about Karen, who has lived a life relatively outside of the spotlight. According to reports, she is a part-time nerse who has authored two cookbooks; her first, Naturally Gourmey, came out in 2010 while the second volume was released in 2013. She is succeeded by her daughter Natalie, who is estimated to be in her mid-20s.

Karen with a young Rob Kardashian© @krisjenner Instagram
Karen with a young Rob Kardashian

While Kris didn't often speak about her relationship with her sister, in her 2011 autobiography she explained: "We loved each other, and we were there for each other through thick and thin, and to this day, we are a part of each other's lives."

TMZ reported that the cause of death is currently unknown, with county officials attributing her death to natural causes for now.

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