“She was eccentric and quirky,” Greaney said. “Back then, people thought she was odd until being your own person became cool.”
According to the NT News in Australia, Kastrinelis was the lead singer for a 12-member company of performers working for Jean Ann Ryan Productions, a Florida-based company. Ryan called Kastrinelis a “great singer” whose death shocked her fellow cast members.
“Everyone here is in a state of disbelief. We have just found out and it is just shocking,” she told the Australian news outlet.
She described the young star as outgoing and loved by all.
“She was a ray of sunshine, a life force and a beautiful person,” Ryan said.
After graduating from Pentucket Regional High, Kastrinelis attended the University of Hartford where she was a reporter on the student-run television news channel, STN 2, according to the station’s Facebook page.
“It is with great sadness that STN2 is able to confirm that former anchor and reporter Jackie Kastrinelis, a member of the Class of 2010, died over the weekend,” the station posted on Facebook.
Friends and family posted their condolences on social media as word of the tragedy began circulating.
“The world lost a bright light in Jackie Kastrinelis But the Angels gained one. RIP Jackie. You will never be forgotten,” one tweeter said.
“Rest in peace to my beautiful and talented cousin Jackie. I love you,” another said.
According to news reports, the Seven Seas Voyager is part of Regent Cruise Lines. It had 700 passengers and 447 crew members, including 12 theatrical performers.