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Jonnie Irwin's wife's heartbreaking tribute

Jonnie Irwin's wife's heartbreaking tribute credit:Bang Showbiz
Jonnie Irwin's wife's heartbreaking tribute credit:Bang Showbiz

Jonnie Irwin's wife has paid tribute to him with a heartbreaking message on Instagram.

The 50-year-old TV presenter - who was best known for hosting 'A Place In The Sun' and 'Escape To The Country' - passed away on Friday (02.02.24) following a diagnosis with terminal cancer in 2020.

And, his beloved wife Jessica shared a post, which read: "Good night my favourite. Thank you for everything. I will always love you. The hardest day has come, a day I prayed wouldn’t come. It’s with all the saddness in the world that I confirm Jonnie has passed away earlier today. His magical brain that continued to fight to the end has now gone to sleep. He has given me more than I could ever have wished for, 8 bonkers years of love and adventure and 3 amazing boys.

"I will continue to make you proud but only with your love still finding me and guiding me for the rest of my life, me and the boys still need you. Jonnie you really were the most handsome man I ever knew and I am so sorry for this cruel end. It really wasn’t fair and you didn’t deserve any of this. You gave so much time to others and touched everyone you met, I have never experienced anything like the effect you had on people. I love you so much and forever proud of you xxx."

Jonnie's family also posted a message on his Instagram page, saying: "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."

The family added that Jonnie's "love, laughter, and memories will live on".

The statement continued: "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. [dove and broken heart emojis] (sic)"

Jonnie was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020, and the TV star was told that he was terminally ill after filming an episode of 'A Place in the Sun' in Italy.

Jonnie - who had a son named Rex and twins, Rafa and Cormac, with his wife Jessica - told HELLO! magazine in 2022: "Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live.

"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."