Hippo kills MI grandmother during African safari: She was an 'absolute treasure'

Carol Kirken 75 was killed while on safari on Aug. 5

She died in the arms of her son, Robert Kirken.

Carol Kirken, 75, was killed while on safari on August 5.

Carol Kirken is seen on Facebook sitting on a plane, smiling, bound for Tanzania for a vacation with family.

A Rochester Hills woman was tragically attacked by a hippopotamus on an African safari and ultimately passed away from her injuries.

Kirken was a fixture in her hometown of Rochester, a Detroit suburb, where she was known for charitable work.

Kirken's obituary on the Modetz Funeral Homes site read, "Having past 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100". "She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident.We are shocked and saddened at her early departure from our lives".

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Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnette told WDIV: 'Carol was a passionate leader, and she dedicated herself to causes to help those who were less fortunate'. She was the kind of person who liked to be involved, and the community is feeling a deep loss after her death.

Kirken was also a founding member of the Rochester area Women's Fund and a board of director member of the North Oakland YMCA.

The story of Carol's death has spread over social media in the last week as well-wisher's have sent their condolences to the woman who was described by many as a pillar of her community.

One of her grandsons, writing on Facebook, called her "the greatest grandmother anyone could ask for".

A registered nurse, she was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital, and most recently worked as a national vice president for Arbonne Cosmetics Company.

Kirken's family plans a farewell on August 20, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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