Presenter of Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun Jonnie Irwin dies at 50 | Cancer

The TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has died aged 50, his agent confirmed on Friday.

Irwin, who presented Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and the BBC’s Escape To The Country, revealed in November 2022 that his lung cancer had spread to his brain and it was terminal.

A statement posted on the presenter’s Instagram account paid tribute to his “kindness, warmth and infectious spirit” and referred to his family’s “immeasurable” grief and “profound loss”.

Alongside a photograph of the late TV host and his wife, Jessica Holmes, with whom he has three young sons – Rex, and twins Rafa and Cormac – the tribute read: “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.”

It continued: “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 for ever 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.”

Irwin, presented the popular Channel 4 property show from 2004 until 2021.

After sharing his terminal diagnosis he said he hoped it would inspire others to “make the most of every day”.

He said the first warning sign of his illness was while he was filming A Place In The Sun in Italy in August 2020, when his vision became blurry while driving. Within a week of flying home, he was given six months to live.

In an interview with Hello magazine after revealing his diagnosis he said: “One day, this is going to catch up with me, but I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible.

“I owe that to Jess and our boys. Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”

He added that he wanted to make memories for his family because “my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart”.

Jasmine Harman paid tribute to her A Place In The Sun co-star in an Instagram post.

She said: “To begin our TV careers together was a pleasure and a privilege I will be eternally grateful for. Almost 20 years ago, as two nervous new presenters (me perhaps more nervous than you!) little did we know about the adventure we were about to embark on, and the friends we would become.

“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 are a legend.”

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