TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has died of cancer, aged 50.
Irwin was best known as the presenter of Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun, in which he helped British property hunters find homes abroad.
The news of his death was announced on Friday (2 February) on the presenter’s Instagram account.
“We share the news of Jonnie’s passing with heavy hearts. 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,” the post read alongside a photo of Irwin and his wife, Jessica Holmes.
“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 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.”
Irwin joined A Place in the Sun in 2004 and presented alongside Jasmine Harman, filming over 200 episodes.
On Instagram, Harman wrote that her “heart is broken” following the announcement.
A property and business consultant by trade, Irwin also presented on TV series, including the BBC’s Escape to the Country and To Buy or Not to Buy, Dream Lives for Sale and The Renovation Game on Channel 4.
On 13 November 2022, Irwin revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer back in 2020. After initially keeping his illness private, the presenter said he decided to speak publicly after being told the cancer had spread from his lungs to his brain.
“It’s got to the point now where it feels like I’m carrying a dirty secret; it’s become a monkey on my back,” he said.
“I hope that by shaking that monkey off, I might inspire people living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.”
In the months before his death, Irwin had been widely praised for raising awareness of his terminal illness and for his candid interviews addressing his condition.
“We try to carry on as normal,” Irwin told the Daily Mail in December 2022. “We decided not to mourn and make the most of every day.