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Jonnie Irwin’s wife Jess Holmes gives emotional update as she admits his death ‘doesn’t feel real’

Jonnie Irwin’s wife Jess Holmes gives emotional update as she admits his death ‘doesn’t feel real’

The presenter passed away earlier this month

Jonnie Irwin's wife, Jess Holmes has given an emotional update following the presenter's death earlier this month.

Jonnie, who was best known for his presenting role on A Place in the Sun, was diagnosed with lung cancer back in August 2020.

Sadly, Jonnie passed away on 2 February. At the time, his family took to his Instagram page to share a statement to his fans.

The post showed an image of Jonnie and his wife, Jess, with the caption reading: "In Loving Memory. It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jonnie’s passing.

Jonnie sadly passed away earlier this month.
Instagram/ @jonnieirwintv

"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."

Jonnie presented A Place in the Sun.
Channel 4

Almost three weeks on from Jonnie's death, and wife Jess has shared an update with followers.

Posting a photo of the ocean and explaining that she had taken their boys to enjoy some time in the sun, Jess said: "It still doesn't feel real. The sadness is huge.

"I can't even let myself think what another week without Jonnie will be like, let alone another year another 10 years. I have been truly touched by all the support from friends and strangers.

"But nothing compares to how I have been picked up by my family and Jonnie's sisters, your support and love means everything to me.

"I am loving watching the boys enjoy some days in the sun and having a change of scene is just what we needed."

Jess posted an update on Instagram.

During an interview late last year, father-of-three Jonnie explained why he kept his diagnosis a secret saying he did it to 'continue working' to provide for Jess and sons; Rex and twins Rafa and Cormac.

The Escape to the Country presenter explained to podcast OneChat: "The only reason I kept it a secret is because I’ve got to feed my babies, pay the bills. And as soon as you say you've got cancer, people just write you off.

"I had to keep on providing for my family. I was living with such a dark cloud above me... anyone outside of my tight-knit [circle] didn’t know."

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 8am–8pm seven days a week.

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.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

Topics: Celebrity, Jonnie Irwin