TV presenter Jonnie Irwin shared a difficult health update just days before his death aged 50.
The A Place In The Sun star’s death was announced on Friday in a heartbreaking statement by his wife.
She wrote: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jonnie’s passing. A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage. Jonnie touched the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit.’
Irwin was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2020, and was previously told he has six months to live after it spread to his brain.
Having initially kept his diagnosis private, he later shared regular updates on his treatment and how he was spending time with his young family, which includes three sons and wife Jessica Holmes.
Irwin was mixing his regular NHS treatment with alternative therapies including a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, vitamin C and reiki, and on Thursday, January 25, he revealed he was back in hospital.
He shared a photograph of himself in a hospital gown, and wrote: ‘This is look of a man who’s not slept for 6 nights and awaiting a full body MRI scan of at least an hour.’
‘If you haven’t had one they’re claustrophobic and claustrophobic and omit loud random noises. Joy.’
Always injecting humour into his posts, Irwin pointed out the ‘attempt of a jaunty [knot]’ on his hospital gown, and predicted the cricket results upon his release as ‘India all out 195.’
At the time, fans flocked to support the star in his newest medical checks, with hundreds writing ‘you’ve got this.’
User Baylytracey wrote: ‘I know the feeling so thinking of ou – stay strong,’ adding that he was ‘not alone.’
Lady_Eileena agreed ‘good luck Jonnie, it ain’t a great experience but they are great inventions.’
Tannhausers wrote: ‘Wishing you all the best Jonnie and hoping that you know many are thinking of you!’
Emotional tributes have been flooding in for the ‘charismatic’ star, including from his fellow presenter Jasmine Harman who called him her ‘partner in crime’.
Taking to social media to confirm her long-time partner’s death, Jess wrote alongside a smiley throwback photo: ‘Good night my favourite. Thank you for everything. I will always love you.
‘The hardest day has come, a day I prayed wouldn’t come. It’s with all the saddness in the world that I confirm Jonnie has passed away earlier today.
‘His magical brain that continued to fight to the end has now gone to sleep.’
Reflecting on their relationship, she continued: ‘He has given me more than I could ever have wished for, 8 bonkers years of love and adventure and 3 amazing boys.
‘I will continue to make you proud but only with your love still finding me and guiding me for the rest of my life, me and the boys still need you.
‘Jonnie you really were the most handsome man I ever knew and I am so sorry for this cruel end.
‘It really wasn’t fair and you didn’t deserve any of this.’
The mum-of-three concluded: ‘You gave so much time to others and touched everyone you met, I have never experienced anything like the effect you had on people.
‘I love you so much and forever proud of you xxx 💔’
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