Deborah James: The inspiring podcast host died at the age of 40 after a battle with cancer.


Deborah James, the host of the audiocast and mother of two, died at the age of 40 after battling bowel cancer, her family said.

The former deputy head teacher and podcaster used his terminal diagnosis of stage four cancer to impress the public and raise millions for charity.

Her family said: “We are saddened to announce the death of Deborah James. The most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mother. Deborah passed away peacefully today, her family was surrounded. ۔

“Deborah, known to many of you as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration to us and to her work and her endless efforts to raise awareness about her charity work, fundraising and cancer. There is incredible pride that has touched so many lives.

“Deborah shared her experience with the world about creating awareness, breaking down barriers, challenging taboos and changing the way cancer is talked about. Even in her most difficult moments, raising money The determination and awareness was impressive.

“We thank you as a family for giving us the time in private, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy in the future through owbowelbabefund.

“Thank you for your role in this journey, you are all incredible.

“And a few last things from Deborah … ‘Find a life to enjoy; take risks; deep love; no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your drink. – It can save your life. “

Deborah James at Royal Scott

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” to hear that he had died.

He said: “She has been an inspiration to so many people. The awareness she has raised about bowel cancer and the research that her campaign has funded will be a lasting legacy. Many lives will be saved. ”

Her tribute was echoed by Labor leader Sir Kerr Starmer, who said James’ work was “truly inspiring” and “continued to raise awareness about bowel cancer, even in the most difficult of times.”

Dame Deborah will be remembered for her “commitment to standing up for people with cancer,” Macmillan Cancer Research said.

Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of the NHS, said: “On behalf of the entire NHS, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and many friends of Deborah James.

Deborah’s amazing demeanor was humble and instructive for all of us.

“Not only has her fundraising helped countless cancer patients, but her commitment to raising awareness has undoubtedly saved many lives.”

Genio Edwards, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, where Dame Deborah James was a mentor, said the podcaster had turned her diagnosis into “an incredible force for good.”

He said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our mentor Deborah James, and our hearts go out to her family and to everyone who knew and loved her. Deborah’s star shone. She was a real inspiration.

“She turned her bowel cancer diagnosis into an incredible force and will save countless lives through her tireless campaign to raise awareness about the symptoms of bowel cancer.”

“Deborah has brought warmth, energy and honesty to everything she does. Even in her most difficult time living with bowel cancer, she has never stopped helping others.

In his final weeks, the presenter of the BBC podcast U, Me and the Big C raised millions of pounds for research and a dam for his “tireless” work to improve disease awareness. Made

The former deputy head teacher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has since updated his nearly 1 million Instagram followers on his treatment.

Deborah James feels ‘absolutely lovely’ as donations reach £ 2 million.

Her outspoken posts about her development and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing through her treatment, received rave reviews from the public and media alike.

She revealed in early May that she had stopped active treatment and was living with her husband, Sebastian, and their two children in her last care at her parents’ home in Woking.

“A tweet I never wanted to write,” he said on Twitter.

“It’s time to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, it’s not easy.

Deborah James shared a photo of her meeting with Prince William when the royal presented her with his dam hood.

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After the announcement, it set up the Bowelbabe Fund, which raised more than £ 6 million – 24 times its original target of £ 250,000.

For her efforts, a dam was built on her, saying she felt “honored and shocked” to even be considered for the honor.

In another surprise, he was honored by the Duke of Cambridge who joined his family at home for afternoon tea and champagne.

Dam hoods are usually distributed by members of the royal family, including William, at investment ceremonies at royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

He also revealed that he has completed his second book, How to Live When You Could Be Dead, due August 18.

Her first book, F ** You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Stell Be Yourself, was published in 2018.