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Remembering Jonnie Irwin


TV presenter Jonnie Irwin, known for his roles on the property shows “Escape to the Country” and “A Place in the Sun,” has passed away.

At the age of 50, Irwin succumbed to terminal cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2020 when it had already spread from his lungs to his brain.

His death was announced on his Instagram with a statement highlighting how he impacted many through his “kindness, warmth, and infectious spirit.”

Despite being given just six months to live initially, Irwin surpassed expectations and went public with his battle two years later, aiming to encourage others to “make the most of every day.”

The announcement of his death described him as a “truly remarkable soul” who faced cancer with “unwavering strength and courage.”

Freeform Productions, the team behind “A Place in the Sun,” expressed their sorrow on X, noting Jonnie’s integral role in the show for over 18 years, bringing “joy, wit, and bundles of energy.”

Jasmine Harman, his co-presenter on the Channel 4 series, paid tribute to him on Instagram, praising his resilience and ability to connect with people throughout his cancer journey.

Tributes also came from his “Escape to the Country” colleagues, with Nicki Chapman expressing heartbreak, Sonali Shah feeling fortunate to have known him, and Jules Hudson calling him the “life and soul” of their “family.”

The BBC lauded Irwin as an “extraordinary man and wonderful presenter,” acknowledging his contribution to “Escape To The Country” and his inspirational work on “Morning Live” discussing end-of-life care.

Channel 4 recognized his role in helping many achieve their dreams and inspiring viewers to find their own place in the sun.

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