Kris Jenner's sister Karen Jenner dies 'unexpectedly' aged 65

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The sister of Kris Jenner, Karen, has died aged 65

Kris Jenner's sister, Karen, has died aged 65. Paying tribute to her 'beautiful' sister, Kris said Karen died on Monday (January 19) 'unexpectedly'. Her cause of death is still unknown.

According to TMZ, Karen was reported as deceased to San Diego County officials in San Marcos, California. Although the exact circumstances of her death are unclear, the gossip outlet said county officials are attributing her death to natural causes for now.

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Karen was Kris's only sister to parents Mary Joe 'MJ' Shannon and Robert Houghton. She was born three years after Kris and the sisters grew up in San Diego together, living predominantly with their mum after her divorce from Houghton.

Heartbroken Kris posted a moving tribute to her sister on Instagram, saying: "It is with the heaviest heart and deepest sadness that I share that my sister Karen passed away yesterday unexpectedly.

The sister of Kris Jenner, Karen, has died aged 65The sister of Kris Jenner, Karen, has died aged 65
The sister of Kris Jenner, Karen, has died aged 65 | FilmMagic

"My heart aches for my mom MJ and my niece Natalie and I pray that God guides us all through this difficult time. 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. She holds such a huge part of my heart and I cherish every single memory we have together.

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"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. I love you my beautiful sister."

Despite the Kardashians' very public life, Karen has not played a major role in their reality TV fame. Karen also hasn't been spotted with the family in recent years, having kept a low profile out of the limelight. She worked as a part-time nurse and an author before her death.

Karen is survived by her daughter who she shared with ex-husband Mark Zettel.

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