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A Place in the Sun star Jonnie Irwin has died aged 50

Poppy Bilderbeck

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A Place in the Sun star Jonnie Irwin has died aged 50

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/jonnieirwintv

Jonnie Irwin has passed away at age 50, his family has said.

Irwin - best known as loved for his presenting role on A Place in the Sun - was given a terminal diagnosis in 2022.

His family took to his Instagram page earlier today (2 February) to reveal he's since passed away.

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The post shows an image of Irwin and wife Jess, with the caption reading: "In Loving Memory. 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.

"At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie’s family as they navigate through this profound loss.

"Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated.

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"As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts. Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on.

"Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten."

Jonnie Irwin has passed away at the age of 50. Credit: Instagram/ @jonnieirwintv
Jonnie Irwin has passed away at the age of 50. Credit: Instagram/ @jonnieirwintv

The A Place in the Sun star previously spoke out about having to share the news of his terminal diagnosis with his wife Jess, as well as his children, Rex and twins Rafa and Cormac.

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The Channel 4 star said: "I had to go home and tell my wife, who was looking after our babies, that she was on her own pretty much. That was devastating.

"All I could do was apologise to her. I felt so responsible."

Irwin was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020, but had kept the diagnosis a secret from the public until November of 2022.

At that time, he explained the cancer had spread to his brain, admitting that he ‘[didn’t] know how long’ he had to live.

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Jonnie Irwin with his family. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv
Jonnie Irwin with his family. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

However, he said that he was still receiving treatment and shared his journey online with followers, even revealing he'd been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - as it has been suggested that putting highly-concentrated oxygen into the body can increase the likelihood of chemotherapy treatment killing cancer cells as well as activating healing.

The presenter also spoke about leaving a ‘digital legacy’ for his family after he leaves, stating: “It's amazing to think I too could speak to my wife and children after I pass away. My diagnosis has taken a lot from me but it has given me the ability to prepare.

"The only way to make sure your digital legacy is as you like it, is to take control now. I'm going to take every opportunity to do that for the people I love."

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If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Topics: Celebrity, Health, TV And Film, UK News

Poppy Bilderbeck
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