BBC journalist and personality, Lady Deborah James, has died at the age of 40.
James, known to fans as ‘Bowelbabe’, succumbed to stage 4 bowel cancer after a five-year public battle that inspired many and helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for cancer care in the UK.
She passed away on Tuesday surrounded by her family, who announced the sad news Instagram, in a post that reads: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mrs. Deborah James. The coolest wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, who many of you know as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are so proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigns and fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that has impacted the lives of so many.”
The post went on to note how James broke barriers, “challenging taboos and changing the conversation about cancer.”
The mother of two is survived by her husband Sebastian and two sons Eloise, 12, and Hugo, 14.
In early May, James drafted A A heartbreaking farewell column to the sunAnnouncing that she has run out of treatment options and will enter the nursing home at home.
“It’s not about the lack of access to the latest luxury drugs – it’s not about feeling bad about not being able to get a life-saving operation – it’s simply that I have a very difficult cancer in a very difficult area of my body for today’s advanced technology and technology to treat.. My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to give in to the inevitable,” she wrote.
But even then Goodbyecontinued to occupy the headlines of international newspapers.
James launched her charity Bowelbabe’s chest To fund clinical trials and cancer care. Within 24 hours, it had raised over $1 million, and by the end of May, it had more than $7 million in its coffers – a testament to its impact on the public and the cancer community.
Then a week later, Prince William visited her at home, making her a lady.
“Prince William has indeed come to our family home today!! I am absolutely honored that he has joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent such a generous time talking to my entire family, but also honored me with the privilege of ‘Damehood’. Instagram for her Next to a picture of her and the Duke of Cambridge.
James was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the B-RAF mutation, just days before Christmas 2016 – at the age of 34.
After receiving the devastating news, she became a cancer fighter and bravely chronicled her harrowing health journey with humor and compassion in her usual column in the sun.
The announcement of her death included her last words of wisdom – feelings she had repeatedly shared during her five-year bout with bowel cancer.
“And some last things from Deborah…” Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; deep love; Have no regrets and always, always have a rebellious hope. And finally, check your stools – it might just save your life. “
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