What would you do if you knew you were going to die soon? British TV presenter Jonnie Irwin decided not to do anything extraordinary. He chose to spend all his time with his wife and three children.
“Some people in my situation make wish lists, but I just want to spend as much time with my family as possible,” he said in an interview.
The presenter died on Friday (2), aged 50, from complications from lung cancer that had metastasized to the brain. He received his first diagnosis in August 2020.
In charge of the program ‘A Place in the Sun’, on Channel 4, about beautiful properties, Jonnie decided to keep the illness secret. But the devastating effects on his body soon revealed his poor health.
In November 2022, he received the second diagnosis: the cancer had spread to his brain and nothing could be done to prevent the worst.
“The doctors gave me six months to live. I came home and told my wife, who was taking care of our twin babies, that she would be alone. It was devastating. I apologized, I felt guilty,” she told ‘Hello’ magazine.
To make matters worse, he was fired. He was left to live as best he could while waiting for the inevitable end. Without giving up, he got a job at the BBC. He worked to the limit of his strength.
“Always funny, he faced his illness with selfless determination and did his best to beat it. Goodbye old friend,” the broadcaster said in a statement.
In one of his last interviews, Jonnie Irwin revealed the message he had written for his children to read after his death.
“Family first, always take care of your family. Your brothers, your mother… Put them first. Support them, love them, and know that they are so much more important than anyone else.”
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