A Place In The Sun's Jasmine Harman pays heartfelt tribute to Jonnie Irwin after co-presenter died aged 50
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A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman has paid tribute to her 'partner in crime' Jonnie Irwin, who has sadly passed away at the age of 50.
The Channel 4 star received a terminal cancer diagnosis four years ago, and leaves behind wife Jess and their children, three-year-old Rex and twins Rafa and Cormac, two.
After being diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020, Jonnie kept the diagnosis from the public until November 2022.
He later revealed that sadly, the cancer had spread to his brain and he didn't know how long he had left.
In a post on Instagram this evening, Jonnie's family confirmed the sad news.
The post shows an image of the presenter with 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.
"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."
Ever since the sad news was announced, tributes have been pouring in, including from colleague and friend Jasmine Harman.
Jasmine co-presented A Place In The Sun with Jonnie, and in a heartfelt post on social media, she told followers that she would miss her 'partner in crime' and friend.
The tribute reads: "Jonnie Irwin - I will always remember the first time I heard your name. When I was doing a screen test for a new show, they said 'we definitely want Jonnie, but we need to find another presenter'. I wondered who this mysterious Jonnie was.
"We met in Cape Town, filming the pilot. You we’re so charismatic and energetic, so confident and fun. I understood immediately why they had to have you.
"Your cheeky-chappy persona and naughty sense of humour always broke the ice and made people laugh. Everyone warmed to you and you had the incredible ability to connect with people, making them feel like they’d known you for years.
"To begin our TV careers together was a pleasure and a privilege I will be eternally grateful for.
"Almost twenty years ago, as two nervous new presenters (me perhaps more nervous than you!) little did we know we know about the adventure we were about to embark on, and the friends we would become."
Jasmine added: "Professionally, you were well suited to life in front of the lens. But for years, you always talked about wanting to settle down and become a dad. Your wish was granted when you met Jess.
"Never were you happier than in your role as husband and Dad to the most awesome three boys – you were a legend. Life is simply not fair. We can’t reason with it; there are no answers to the question Why?
"We can, in your memory learn to cherish every hug, every conversation, every moment, for the priceless time we have. Enjoy every breath, every sunrise and sunset, never take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised.
"Jonnie, you’ve taught me so much in our time as work colleagues and as good friends.
"I have never admired you more than over the last few years as you’ve faced life with cancer with positivity, determination and bloody mindedness. I’ve never known anyone as strong as you. You have done yourself, your loved ones and all of us proud.
"The world is a little darker today without you, but I will always smile when I think of you. My partner in crime, my OG co-presenter – Jonnie, I will miss you."
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